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11-09-2012, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by No Fun Shogun View Post
Uh.... no, sorry. It's not a sure bet. Even Winnipeg's not a sure bet. One successful year =/= guaranteed longtime stability. Who knows what'll happen once the new team smell wears off? Pretty logical assumption that they are in for the long haul, but not guaranteed.

Same for Quebec City. It's a fairly safe assumption that the Nordiques2.0 would be a successful franchise, but still an assumption. Perhaps a stronger one than Houston, but an assumption nonetheless.
Well we can say sure it's assumptions until they actually get there. But the Nords were a badly run franchise, they finished 5 years straight last of the whole NHL and they filled the place with people anyway!

Not to mention they're gonna have a brand new arena, not to mention it's a city that does well economically, not to mention you've seen a growing interest of hockey in the last few years. Plus they have a Media giant waiting for them. I would day that Quebec is the safest bet as far as NHL success in North America.

And Houston would be good for the NHL just from the fact that it's a massive untapped market and would make for a sensible geographic rivalry for Dallas, which it's never had before.
It's a massive untapped market because of what, because there's a lot of people? How many of them are hockey fans? This goes back to the science-fiction notion of "growing the game". And you can find water from a cactus too. But I won't try finding out.

Wow that's a lot of speculations there. Of course, it could all go to hell, but one would have to imagine that if it was intelligently run it would be a successful franchise, much like Dallas was before that went to hell when their old ownership overextended and bought Liverpool and suddenly found out that he didn't have the money necessary to run everything he was involved in.
Dallas has always been a well administred franchise as far as putting a good product on the ice, they've always had competitive teams yet look at the arena, people have stopped showing up. Going to the south is always risky.

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