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12-29-2012, 03:29 PM
CONTROL THE BEAST
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Minnesota doesn't move to Dallas
. The NHL remains in a rapidly dying market that had zero interest in supporting the North Stars, revisionist history aside.
Quebec doesn't move to Colorado
. Patrick Roy never gets traded to that team, so they continue to be an emerging team that never gets over the hump. The coming downfall of the Canadian dollar forces the sale of Sakic, Forsberg, and Nolan, and in their place a young Milan Hejduk and Chris Drury are forced into the lineup too soon and never develop into anything. As the dollar plummets and the team flounders, fans begin to stay away in large numbers.
Winnipeg doesn't move to Phoenix.
The NHL remains in a rapidly dying market that had zero interest in supporting the Jets, revisionist history aside.
Hartford doesn't move to Carolina.
The NHL remains in a rapidly dying market that had zero interest in supporting the Whalers, revisionist history aside.
Expand to Dallas, Hamilton, Milwaukee, and Seattle.
Dallas is quickly swamped and fails to gain a foothold in the market. Hamilton plays in an arena without the standard revenue streams, and despite a grassroots following, they hemorrhage money every year and are never able to improve. Milwaukee discovers that, with Patrick Roy having been traded to Chicago (since he wasn't going to Quebec), capturing any of the Chicago spillover market is impossible. Seattle doesn't care, as the Mariners are contending every year for the World Series, the Sonics are an excellent NBA team, and the Seahawks start showing signs of life.
Patrick Roy was almost traded to the Nords in the summer of 95 for Owen Nolan and Stephane Fiset. Serge Savard was canned before a follow up came into place. Given that Réjan Houle traded Roy to Colorado because he admired prospect Jocelyn Thibeault and had high hopes for him, there's no reason to think he would not have traded him to the Nords after the Roy fiasco. Pierre Lacroix would have made him an offer he can't refuse.
And Houle approached Chicago for a trade(that included Belfour) and they refused.
Finally with Roy joining the team, Quebec would have had their new arena.
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