HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-24-2013, 05:41 PM
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I hope you're wrong. You might be right, though, but I hope you're wrong. Expansion to the U.S. is a horrendous idea.
I hope I'm wrong, too. I think the NHL should reap the benefits of another NE Canadian team.
Personally, I could live with expand to QC and Houston, and relo to Seattle. Seattle and Houston are both large markets and both markets with good demographics for hockey. Keep in mind Seattle will get tons of bleed from Vancouverites seeking cheaper tickets (like Buffalo/Toronto). There's also a strong tradition of hockey in the surrounding area. Houston is (I think) the 4th largest US city, has a good tech industry and other good demographics for hockey, and has an AHL team that last I checked has been in top 10 for attendance and revenues for a solid number of years. Now is a good time to try Houston.
I do not support relocation to QC, however, from a business perspective. QC should be saved for expansion to collect on the massive expansion fees they could get there.
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