Why Paul Kelly thinks expansion would help end NHL lockout
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11-05-2012, 07:25 PM
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Don't kid yourself -- the Columbus Blue Jackets were another target of Canadian relocation since the moment they opened their doors. With a very few exceptions every franchise created in the United States since the early 90's is. Canadians reacted to the departure of the Jets Mk. 1 and the Nordiques in much the manner of a child who has his toy taken away, and the tantrum never really fully stopped.
At the core of it, they just can't quite accept that Canada is not a true economic rival of the United States. We're good trading partners and allies, but in any direct relationship between the two nations one of us wears the pants and the other one, well, doesn't. A certain brand of Canadian can't bear to admit it so you just watch the litany that will follow the post and see what I mean. The NHL thing is just one more part of that.
Nevermind that just one generation earlier that same fan was talking just as disparagingly about the Western Canadian teams. It took the WHL to break that particular bit of nonsense. I wonder what it'll take to break this bizarre Canadian exclusivism when it comes to the NHL.
But as far as hockey and money, Canada is the true juggernaut. So we cannot say there's jealousy there. Canada is where the power lies. The money is there, most of the players comes from there. I actually think Canada is not a fully exploited market as far as NHL hockey. The sky's the limit.
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