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09-30-2012, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by SupersonicMonkey View Post
They might.

I have no faith that any city that has already lost a team in relatively recent history, could sustain a new team long term.

There are simply too many teams, too many players (like Barch and Prust) who have zero business being NHL players. The talent pool is dilluted. Theres not enough interest in the sport or the league to successfully sustain this many major pro hockey teams.

Rob Simpson(?) was on NHL radio a few days ago talking about this.

The NHL and NHLPA can do this dance as long as they want, every few years, and the same issues will continue to rear their heads. The league is too large. There are not enough real hockey players to fill so many teams. Contracts get inflated because hacks like Barch have to get paid.

Contraction is the ONLY solution that will FIX the league's core issues. Plain and simple. But they won't ever do it because it'll mean some rich ******* is losing some more pocket change.
Are you serious with that statement? Almost every single player in the NHL is REALLY DAMN GOOD at hockey otherwise they wouldn't be there in the first place. Just because the league isn't full of Kovalchuks and Gaboriks doesn't mean that every single player is an extremely talented athlete. Go and watch these third and fourth line players practice on their own or with trainers and you'll see that while they might be considered average or below average when compared to the superstars, they are still better than any other players in the minor leagues in North America and Europe.

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