I'd probably have to say the Boston Bruins. I went up to Boston for the Winter Classic this year and loved it. In my opinion, the fans are passionate like us and they like a blue collar game. They pride themselves on the gritty playes like Lucic, Chara, Recchi, and Neely. I also will say the city was very hospitable to Flyer fans. I didn't see any fights during the Winter Classic, and we we did start to argue someone would randomly yell, "Hey, F$%# the Yankees," or "Hey, F$%# Sidney Crosby." Then we all got along again. Anyway, my vote would be with Boston. Great town, great fans, and a gritty team.
Well, I already went through this once, with the Whalers. It sucks...it's probably the crappiest feeling you can have following sports, because no matter how devastating any loss is there's always "next year". Unless your team leaves.
I'm a New Englander who lives in Florida now, so it would be either the Bruins or Lightning. If it happened today I'd probably lean toward TB, but what scares me is there's always a danger of relocation with a team like TB.
The fans don't exactly go out of their way to see Coyotes games (even when they are a winning team). However, more thought should have gone into the Phoenix franchise instead of seeing a big population and assuming it would automatically make money.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Coyotes don't even exist after this upcoming season... unless Bettman delays the ownership deadline yet again so the league can foot the bill some more for the inevitable truth that the team just can't survive there.