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06-14-2011, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Canuckommunist View Post
Vancouver never gets cold enough to play pond hockey (something I'd like to do once before I die) yet, with 100,000+ people downtown alone to watch the SCF, we seem to manage. Yeah, expanding to more base markets (Pacific Northwest, Wisconsin, Manitoba, Quebec, Southern Ontario) would get my vote for smarter expansion strategy, but that ship has gone and sailed. We're in the south now and we should be for the long haul- you don't give fans a taste of the NHL with bad management and poor results than rip it away without leaving many disgruntled and disenchanted with it.
Well said. It's at least debatable as to whether they should have secured more 'traditional' markets first, but as you stated, that ship has sailed. Glad Winnipeg got a team again, but I hate that it came at the expense of Atlanta.

Would also love to see Seattle or Portland get a team (expansion!), think it would be a great regional rivalry with the Nucks and to a lesser degree, maybe the Flames and Oil.

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