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12-20-2012, 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Dojji View Post
Pretty much. With markets like Washington, Philly, and Ottawa in play, that league would have been able to rival NHL pretty well, and keep 8-10 teams healthy over a decade or more. The NHL has to merge with the WHA at that point in the same way the AL and NL, or the AFC and NFC did.
Add in Minnesota, Long Island/Brooklyn, LA, Denver, Bay Area and Quebec, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary. And teams in WHA cities such as Indianapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Houston, Birmingham would all benefit from a better talent pool.

I think with a 6 team NHL, the WHA could have had 16 competitive teams in decent enough markets. Franchises would probably cost more than $100K too.

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