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04-22-2013, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by IceAce View Post
I believe the league has precluded relocation to Quebec with their realignment plan. If the league had any contingency plan for Quebec they would have left Columbus or Detroit in the West. They would not have put 16 teams in the east and 14 in the west if they had any inkling that the Coyotes would move to the east. It took years to move Detroit, Dallas, and Columbus into their new divisions. I can not see how any of those teams would voluntarily move back to a bad alignment after one or two seasons.
So once again, the league is saying to Seattle "Give us whatever you want for the Coyotes, since you're the only bidder left. Regardless of whether or not you get an NBA team and a new arena." Because that's the only way the realignment-precludes-relocation-to-QC scenario makes sense.

Well, that or a huge dark horse like Kansas City, or the NHL being willing to lose its shirt in Glendale without subsidies.

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