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12-28-2012, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
Cutting teams is not a solution to the problems the league has. Removing a team in Phoenix is not going to improve the finances of a team in Denver.

What the NHL needs is better people running their teams. The turnaround in Nashville is a prime example of what having good management does. NHL teams need to be able to maximize their available revenue streams and then grow them on top of that.

So my answer to the question of the best number of teams? 32. Not the direction I'm sure you were expecting.
With the NHL being a gate driven league many teams need to reap the play-off revenue bonanza to break even or make a profit.

7 teams made a profit last season despite missing the play-offs : Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Dallas & Colorado

To answer the question : 32 : Phoenix to relocate to Quebec..... add a team in Seattle and another in the GTA.

Can't imagine the league ever contracting to below 28 teams.

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