HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-24-2013, 07:01 PM
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You're taking "Markham" much too literally. The proper name is Toronto 2 and will probably be called "Ontario" anyway.
Knowing the geography of Toronto helps you to understand why "Markham" is the only option. Since there is no "South" end of Toronto unless you're in a boat you can only go West, North or East.
Bettman will NEVER allow Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo or any West GTA team to exist because of the threat it causes to Buffalo. Therefore it is only East or North. The East end has the lowest population and would be too difficult for the heavily populated West end to reach - especially on weeknights - going through Toronto.
Therefore the only valid/realistic option is the North End and Markham fits the bill perfectly. It can be reached by both the East and West ends of the city. The arena will be built on top of a GO Train station and 100 yards away from the 407 freeway and it is far enough removed that Buffalo won't be affected.
Add in the fact that they would inherit the Leafs old Norris rivals (Chi, Min, STL) plus get Winnipeg too and they could/would easily take a Central spot leaving another expansion cousin (Seattle) for the Pacific.
I think it is an absolute cash cow that is just about ready to be milked.
Markham is closer to Toronto than Kanata is to Ottawa.
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