Relocation options post-expansion?
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01-21-2013, 10:47 AM
No Fun Shogun
Join Date: May 2011
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I think you're overestimating the amount of attention people pay towards where teams are moved. If, say, the Yotes deal falls through and the Nordiques arise, we're still talking about a league with 22 American teams vs 24 from a few years back. And, to be honest, if anything there are more people feeling all sorts of nostalgia at the prospect of the Jets and Nordiques coming back that they wouldn't care about losing a few markets that they didn't really care about, so most hockey fans would probably be cool with trading the Yotes and Thrashers for the Nordiques and Jets.
And the option of expansion also brings up the possibility of expanding to new American markets, like Seattle and Houston, so it's a moot point. Despite how many GTAers and Hamiltonians may want their markets to be at the forefront of the discussion, and while they may have valid points about the viability of their markets, in all likelihood the NHL's probably looking at the QC and that's it for Canada for a while. Even if the Yotes stay put, that'll still likely mean expansion to Seattle and Quebec City in a few years.
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