possibly in January. It would be interesting to see how this league fares. If they were smart, they'd take all that ails the NHL and make it a better league. It would be tough to grow it, as we've seen in the past, but nonetheless, there may be room for it if the NHL goes the way in which Bettman wishes. Here is an interesting quote from Bobby Hull:
"Let's put the same equipment on (today's goalies) as Glenn Hall and Terry Sawchuk and Tony Esposito and Gerry Cheevers and Johnny Bower had and let's see if they can stop the puck."
There was an interesting article in a Canadian paper back in October. (Tried to find it again, but I couldn't. Sorry.)
The NHLPA had a chance to purchase the WHA for a song back in September, and they decided not to do it. The author made the point that they could have been playing in a union-run WHA, which would have had the benefits of helping their image, and have given them something to counter the league's threats of replacement players: a replacement league.
It certainly seems as though that would have been a better option than this Original Stars tour.
The problem with all these propsals to start the WHA again is that they're too expensive. The league will have to start off in old or secondary arenas because NHL owners control the majority of the premium arenas and are unlikely to offer a rival league space.
Then there's travel costs, this guy at least started off sounding like he knew what he was doing by concentrating the team in Eastern Canada and the Northeast, but then he goes on to talk about a European division in Year 2...the guy is a dreamer.
If he really wants to make it work, then focus on the Northeast, Ontario and Quebec...once you have a league running then you can start thinking about expanding to other markets.