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04-21-2013, 03:53 PM
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Consider the Atlanta-to-Winnipeg transfer. TNSE had an AHL franchise (the Manitoba Moose) in an almost new facility (opened Nov 16, 2004). Even so, TNSE was working almost 24x7 from June through early October to upgrade their facilities from AHL level to NHL level.
Key Arena is nowhere near AHL level, let alone NHL level. The highest level of hockey it has hosted is WHL (Settle Thunderbirds). It was opened April 21, 1962 for the Seattle World's Fair. And its most recent renovation (1995) was basketball-specific. There is a lot more work to do to get to NHL standards.
La Colisee in Quebec actually was an NHL rink until 1995. They need only to match upgrades in NHL standards since then. A significant amount of work was done last summer, and the rest has been budgeted for this summer, contingent on the Coyotes moving in. They're also planning to
higher-capacity ice-making equipment for the spring of 2014 and 2015. Although winters get really cold, it can get up to 30 to 33 C (approx 85 to 90 F) in April/May
Apparently, their current equipment is not able to keep the ice surface up to snuff to handle a spring heatwave.
Quebec is more ready than Seattle for an NHL team, but that's no reason to forget Seattle.
The realignment thing isn't too much of a problem for now but they had to have realized that they were sending a message by putting two extra teams in the East.
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