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12-28-2012, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Melrose Munch View Post
And yes we need 36. The NHL needs to be as visible as possible if it is to chase a TV contract.
One, the NHL doesn't need 36 nor is it capable in terms of markets of going there. Secondly, they just signed a TV deal. That isn't expiring anytime soon so that's not even relevant to right now. If they expand, it will be two teams but they also have to prepare for a likely relocation with the Coyotes. Right now, they have two markets that are qualified in Seattle and Quebec City. Houston needs an owner or it would be. Markham and Hamilton won't happen with Toronto. Atlanta isn't happening with ASG still running Philips Arena. There's just not enough markets with owners and venues to make that jump.

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