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02-28-2013, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Double-Shift Lassť View Post
The same was said about Kansas City, Atlanta and Oakland. Which is apropos of nothing, but true nonetheless.

Short term, I think the 16-14 is just about appeasing both Detroit and Columbus. I think the league would like to simply swap Columbus and Winnipeg, but can't do so without angering a significant constituent in Ilitch and the Wings. Long-term, there may be hopes of expansion out west to balance the conferences, but there is significant support for a team in Quebec as well. And has the situation in Phoenix stabilized?

Anyway, to reiterate - I think the league wants to fix the Winnipeg situation, but is left with few palatable solutions.
I don't think the league cares that much about Columbus or Winnipeg. They have 0 leverage.
("Winnipeg, you're new, suck it up". "Columbus, until you stop sucking, shut up.")

I think they want Detroit in the East for $$.
And I think they see a natural rivalry for Pittsburgh in Cbus that's going unu$ed.

And I think they want/need the expansion $$. The franchise fees, new merchandise income, and television rights for two new teams is money in the bank for both the NHL owners and the NHLPA.

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