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04-28-2012, 12:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Derpzz View Post
Portland is interested to. I'm not being biased at all, but I think Portland would be a more suitable market. With only one big 4 franchise and the Rose Garden being NHL size, I think it could happen. There are clearly more hockey fans in Portland to (look at attendance records). And when Seattle's arena is finished it would be great to get a team there also.
Paul Allen will be interested... if the prospective NHL team wants to pay rent AND Allen continues to get all suite revenues. The luxury suites in Portland are contracted to the Trailblazers, therefore really nothing has happened and nothing is likely to happen for the foreseeable future regarding NHL.

No Seattle, I become concerned about the Winterhawks. Seattle games are a healthy percentage of Hawk ticket sales. Without that, there are still a handful of promotional games per season that draw well enough on their own, but I wonder if that will be enough.

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