HNIC shows new potential alignment with 16 teams in "east" groupings
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02-27-2013, 07:27 AM
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I wouldn't be surprised if Illitch and the BJ's owner (don't know who it is, sorry) were told, "We will put you in the east for now. However, if Quebec or Toronto/Hamilton/wherever in the east gets a team, then Detroit goes back to the west, and if they both get teams then Columbus goes back." Assuming all else is equal. So if Quebec gets an expansion team, but <insert any east team> moves West, then we will re-visit.
They also could have said:
"So we put both those Florida teams to showcase them to Canadian Millionaries at "Canadian division" and we will sell them to Quebec and Hamilton/Markham, when the price is right."
"When the organizations are already put to the new Central, we don't have to juggle those god damn divisions."
Just imagine. Ontario-based Steven Stamkos to lead a franchise at Hamilton/Markham and Quebec-based Jonathan Huberdeau to lead the franchise at Quebec. Not to Mention that Stamkos is from Markham, but I still see Hamilton as a better fit.
Two teams with operating loss over 10 million dollars a year transfers to a Canadian lucrative hockey market.
Then move that Phoenix (operating loss of over 20 million a year) to Seattle, to at least even Hockey market.
NHL would absolutely flourish financially after those moves.
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