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01-02-2013, 09:31 AM
Melrose Munch
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Originally Posted by worstfaceoffmanever View Post
How can you be a leader when no one is willing to follow?

You have, at most, four prospective franchise owners right now. The Markham venture could go down the porcelain convenience in January and leave you with three. Paul Allen would have to be involved in some capacity in Portland, and he has said before that he isn't interested in the NHL, so that leaves Quebec and Seattle. We've only been talking about those cities for, what, two years now?

Expansion is not an overnight process. If you don't have a quality owner, a building, and a good-sized city (or a city with disproportionately large demand), you can't just throw a team someplace and expect it to stick. You'll create more problems than you resolve that way.
The NHL cannot just wait anymore. They need to reach out to people.

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