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02-20-2013, 10:24 AM
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Icedog2735
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Originally Posted by blamebettman View Post
Hartford as a city is seen as little else other than a stopping point between NY and Boston

One thing that Hartford does have in its favor are large, extremely affluent suburbs that surround it in the state of connecticut. They have the cash and the population to support a team. The Whalers never drew phenomenally well...but they never really had any sustained success either. When they were good, the fans showed up...and were particularly rabid in their final year when the Whalers looked like they were making a playoff run.

honestly I don't see it happening now. Too many cities lined up in front of them for franchises. But in 15 years I think we will revisit Hartford as a legitimate option...by then who knows what will have happened to the Panthers, Blue Jackets, and Predators of the world.
The problem is the extremely affluent suburbs that the Whalers 2.0 would need to tap into are over an hour's drive away in Fairfield and points south along the coast.

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