Realistically....How many teams should be in the NHL?
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12-28-2012, 04:46 PM
Join Date: Dec 2008
32 is the answer. There's enough actual NHL talent to support two additional teams, but is either buried within an established franchise or is playing in Europe. Guys like Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis never would have seen the NHL if not for 28 teams...who knows how many more are losing careers in lower levels.
The second part of that is that the cost to contract an NHL team would be astronomical. First, buy the team. Second, settle the lawsuits (and you'd better believe there would be lots of them). Third, "make whole" all the local governments and businesses. You're looking at a $500 million starting price tag, per team.
It takes a very special type of mind to say that "spending $2-3 billion and getting no actual return on that investment is the real key to financial stability."
And if it's a matter of "enriching the talent pool" and has
to do with anything else, then I don't think anyone should object to the Canadian teams being chopped. It's for the good of the game, after all.
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