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02-25-2013, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by madhi19 View Post
Business wise Tampa and Florida can't be in another division/conference than Mtl, Que, Ottawa and Toronto. Too many snowbirds are padding both team revenue. If they lose that both team will likely bleed to death faster than revenue sharing could keep them afloat.
Agreed, which is why I think HNIC's groupings make some sense.

Tampa and Florida get six markets that produce droves of snowbirds who would want to see their teams play.

If they change that, you're right that Tampa and Florida bleed to death, which, of course, would make moving them to Quebec and Toronto2 easier for potential buyers. I couldn't see either of them surviving in that case.

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