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12-28-2012, 11:25 PM
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Anyone want to make a case that contraction is a smart business move by the NHL? Between buying out the franchises to be contracted and exiting current contracts like arena leases you're looking at something like $200m to $500m per contracted team.

Removing six teams would cost the remaining teams $1b-$3b. How many years would it take for a franchise like say Winnipeg to recoup the $40m to $120m cost? Not to mention if they kept the current cap system that the Jets player expenses would rise as a result of the contraction.

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