Phoenix LXXII: Send in the Clowns
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02-14-2013, 09:18 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
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They're like sharks (not San Jose Sharks mind you, sharks that 'play' in liquid water). The Thrashers gave them a taste for blood and instead of satiating their appetite, they're now in a feeding frenzy. Of course, there's lingering sentiments of injustice. The Jets & Nordiques are 2 teams they really wanted to get back and with a very active US expansion over the '90s (and 2000), all Canada got out of it was Ottawa. They want more teams considering how much Canada has grown since 1990. My question... First was Winnipeg, next comes Quebec City. Next after that would be GTA2 obviously, but let's talk theoreticals and say GTA2 gets a team somewhere. Where next? Would there be calls for team #4 in Ontario? Would it be Saskatoon or Regina? Where would there be calls for another Canadian city to get a team? Or would their desire for new (or refurbished) NHL teams be satisfied by then?
As long as cities like Saskatoon maintain a large appetite for professional hockey, people will dream. While some people may try to turn it into a nationalistic thing, that is the primary factor. Realism takes a backseat while dreaming, and so it should.
I understand why fans in specific markets might take offense, due to the incessant (and misguided) calls for their teams relocation. However, the general offense I really don't understand. I might not think that Omaha, for instance, would be able to support an NHL team, but the concept hardly offends me as a Canadian. Heck, people gotta dream. It's the only reason half the cities in the league even have a team in the first place.
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