Paul Kelly says QC & Toronto to get expansion teams; Daly disputes assertion
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01-30-2013, 08:10 AM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Montreal, QC
This idea (two expansion cities in Canada, one in Quebec City and a second in the Toronto area) is the biggest no-brainer this league has seen in some time. Quite frankly, I'm surprised the deals haven't been announced.
I don't see a downside...
- more jobs for the NHLPA
- with the way young hockey players are developing these days, the league won't get watered down like in the past. Nowadays, 18-year-old and 19-year-old players increase the pool of available talent. And the 40-year-old players are in better shape, too.
- expanding to Canada lessens the urgency of these two new franchises to be good right away. The two new organizations can build from scratch without the need of a 'big splash'.
- instant, natural rivalries with Montreal and Toronto, plus the possibility of several more.
- if other NHL teams continue to have problems, and relocation is required, Seattle is still out there as a possibility.
- 32 teams could be easier to rearrange in terms of realignment, either with four divisions of 8 or maybe even eight divisions of four.
- more money in the kitty for the league.
- expansion draft. Could be exciting. It draws attention.
And I'm sure I'm forgetting several other points. I really hope this happens soon. I'm giddy about the idea of seeing the Quebec Nordiques back in the big league.
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