NHL to Expand 2 teams in Canada - THN
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11-14-2012, 11:12 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Auburn, Maine
Originally Posted by
No Fun Shogun
Saskatoon could happen..... in a century or so. Until the 2100's, not gonna happen.
I'd be half willing to lay odds that Atlanta will get a third team before Saskatoon gets their first NHL team.
As for OKC..... also a way's off, in all likelihood, if at all. More likely than not, the NBA will cover the market for a while until they eventually get an NFL team, and that'll be that for the very foreseeable future.
Salt Lake City does make a lot of sense as a longterm expansion goal for the NHL, given their ever-increasing market size and wealth, but they're still probably at least two decades off from being serious contenders for an NHL team, imho. If the NHL and USA Hockey were halfway intelligent, though, they'd be investing in promoting the hell out of the game in Utah and increasing youth hockey participation in order to pave the way for an eventual team.
Kansas City makes sense now, except they've shown no inclination of having a potential owner or ownership consortium stepping up.
forgetting 2 things aren't you, NFS:
Utah Grizzlies ownership were involved in dual lawsuits, one w/ Dallas and then cutting PHX One yr into a 3 yr deal, bc they had no control (franchise sold to Gilbert in CLE, while the Grizzlies continue in the E, there's no arena in SLC, THEY play in West Valley City, site of the 06 Olympics)....
OKC's franchise is jointly owned by Prodigal (same as the CHL Blazers), and the Oilers, who ran the Road Runners, in both TOR/EDM, THT'S why Cox Convention Center still exists, since Chesapeake Energy/Thunder control tht arena.
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