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01-21-2013, 04:02 PM
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Problem is that you're listing a lot of ifs, pinkfloyd. If their arena deal still goes through without the NBA still there, which isn't guaranteed. If they have willing ownership in place, which is also far from a sure thing. And if the NHL even gives them a second's thought during the next round of expansion, which is probably the biggest barrier there is.

You are right that places like Houston haven't shown interest in the NHL since the last round of expansion, but that's largely because places like that are really only under consideration if there is an expansion. A relocation requires a place that's ready immediately, something that very few markets can provide in the event of a relocation in any sport. Should a multi-year expansion process begin, it's almost a sure thing that ownership consortiums would form in places like Houston and even Kansas City that otherwise wouldn't have enough time to prep in the span of a few months or willingness to stay prepped for years on end in the event of a relocation.

There are just too many markets above Sacramento right now for the NHL with all that in mind.

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