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04-16-2013, 05:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Louis View Post
Here's my "$170 millon" question to the experts on the BOF board, say Bettman decides to pull the plug on the Coyotes after this season, and for some reason he decides to save both QC and Seattle for expansion. Now which city do you think would be best suited for the Coyotes to go to?

Before you reply, keep in mind that the Coyotes will most likely have to remain in the Western Conference. (no ETZ cities)
There really are almost no options, if you believe the league's stated formula of needing owner, building, and market. Even greater Toronto brings up a big problem for the league with a move from Phoenix, although not for expansion or a move from some other city: they had to fight in court with everything they had to keep this team from moving to Hamilton against their wishes. To turn around now and say "never mind" would embarrass even this league. I hope Hamilton or SO get a team soon, but there's no way they're getting this one. Other markets either don't have an interested owner, a building, or a building on the way. There are so few options available to the NHL that if they don't think Seattle or QC are ready yet, they might be stuck staying in Glendale and swallowing the losses for another year or two.

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