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11-06-2012, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Acesolid View Post
I agree that a team in Houston would be great. It's a good sports market.

BUT, there is no interrested owner! That's the problem!

What the NHL team needs is:

-A good enough market

-A good arena

-A GREAT owner the other owners want to do business with and play golf with and etc....

That's why Balsilie failed.
Yeah, he had none of the above.

I kid, I kid.... Hamilton's good, so 1/3.

That being said, if the NHL does really announce a two-team expansion plan like many of us are expecting, especially if it is a multiyear process, I would still have to guess that Houston has a legitimate shot at landing a team. Not with Les Alexander, but if the process takes several years, it might very well give Houston enough time to cobble together a decent ownership group.

If we were just talking about relocation though, be it for this year or next, then Houston would have zero shot.

If I were a betting man, I'd say that Quebec will get a certain, not-to-be-named desert-area relocation team while Seattle and Houston get expansion teams, unless Portland pulls a shocker and Paul Allen decides he wants a team, in which case it'll be Seattle and Portland.

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