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11-29-2012, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Gump Hasek View Post
You are free to ignore evidence that some of the poorly performing US franchises would be better off located elsewhere all you wish. The anecdotal evidence however is that Southern Ontario and Quebec are both under-served and historic hockey markets. The relative financial performance of Winnipeg versus Atlanta for example underscores that relocating teams to the above markets would prove a financial boon for the league. Another team in the GTA would be a financial home run, as would QC to a somewhat lesser extent.
The NHL has shown that, every 10 to 15 years, things drastically change. See Pittsburgh, Washington, Boston, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Chicago, etc... I agree with what you're saying regarding the present, but just moving teams around isn't the answer. In another few years, we may be discussing moving the respective team back again.

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