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01-04-2013, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
IMO the league expanded into areas it should have never been in--particularly in the south and southwest. These teams are a drag on everyone else but they're the basis of the legacy that Bettman is determined to build around himself. One day this putz is going to be elected to the HOF. There's no good reason why this season is on the verge of blowing up--or why the most mismanaged franchises hold all the leverage on whether or not there is a season or not. Can't fill their buildings, don't draft well or develop their prospects, get screwed in trades, always trying to be as cheap as possible--no history for the half of building that comes out to see them to fall back on-no nothing. There are several teams that fit that definition and we'd be better off without them.
It's the truth. There really shouldn't be teams in Arizona, Florida, Texas. There's no need to saturate the LA market with two teams.

But then you get this argument which is, look at this years USA roster for the WJC and the states they represent.

Illinois (2)
New Hampshire
Pennsylvania (2)
Texas
Ohio (4)
Minnesota (2)
Michigan (4)
Florida
Wisconsin (2)
New Jersey
New York
California
Massachusetts

That's Bettman's legacy.

Move the game north. The Canadian dollar is strong again, throw a team in Quebec when they get a new arena. Milauwakee might be a bit saturated, but I believe an NHL team would do well. Throw a team in Seattle when they get their arena.

There are untapped markets that would benefit the NHL, but that's not what Bettman's legacy is.

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