If the NHL comes back, there has to be a big expansion.
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01-02-2013, 10:33 PM
Fight the Hate
Join Date: Nov 2008
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Tomato, tomato. Failure by incompetence or by design is still failure in my books. Quebec and winnepeg failed once each, so did hartford and Kansas city. The difference is the peg is back, QC will be and unless someone is willing to endow Atlanta with a new arena and kc with an ownership group and a basic desire for the game, those doors will remain unknocked.
1: Winnipeg is "back," but keep the champagne in storage for a few years, until we see how the smallest market in the entire NHL handles the grind of season after season -- and how full the barn is in year 17 with 6 straight plyoff DNQ's. Only fair. Columbus looked pretty good after year 1 too.
2: Sabotage vs. entropy is a very important question here. ASG could have sold off to an Atlanta based group. They were out there. They chose not to do so because they, as individuals in no meaningful way representing the city of Atlanta, did not want a hockey team there. An ownership group that was even indifferent to the success or failure of the team would have been an upgrade. Judging Atlanta on the failure of the Thrashers would be just as stupid as judging Seattle by the failure of the Seattle Pilots, for exactly the same reasons.
3: By your own argument regarding failed markets, the Ottawa Senators should not exist. Neither should the St. Louis Blues. And if I recall correctly, a major league hockey team failed in Vancouver once way back in the day too.
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