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12-07-2011, 12:59 PM
Jesus Christ Horburn
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I just don't see contraction being a realistic option.

IMO, the NHL is starting the process of a move to Quebec City. If you read between the lines of what Bettman said at the BOG meetings, a lot of it is the same stuff he said before the move to Winnipeg was announced ("We never like to move franchises...", "We don't want to raise expectations...", etc). He even said at one point that the alignment allows "flexibility" in case a team has to be relocated. I've also noticed Peladeau has gone dead silent Chipman-style for a while now. I think the NHL told him to keep quiet if he wants to get in the NHL's good graces.

The X factor for me is Markham and what their end goal is. Do they want to try and convince the NHL to move the team to Markham instead of Quebec City? Or do they hope to land an expansion team at some point in the future (the new alignment would suggest the NHL wants 2 more teams at some point).

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