Edit: snagged again but .....The Oilers are left without a home & the Franchise relocates. The people of Edmonton angry at the fact they've sold out their building while being garbage start mass riots & the people of Vancouver laugh.... mostly because the people in Edmonton are doing it wrong.
Originally Posted by porknbeans420
Edmonton as a dynasty talk comes to an end.
What if Crosby had remained uninjured recently?
NHL doesn't take as serious of a stance on concussions till another superstar gets knocked out.
What if the lockout ends & the NHL season is set to start on Dec 21st, 2012 however simultaneously at the start of the first game the magnetic polar shift occurs & wrecking all electrical devices?
90s expansion would have been not so south focused and we would have teams in Seattle, and Wisconsin, but no Florida or Nashville
What if the Ottawa Senators, Hamilton Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Maroons, and New York Americans never folded
Hamilton and Ottawa both moved elsewhere (Hamilton becoming the NY Americans, Ottawa becoming the St. Louis Eagles).
Assuming that the Amerks, Eagles, Pirates, and Maroons never folded...
The NHL would have eventually expanded, bringing at least two more teams into the fold by the end of 1945. These would be the Cleveland Barons of the AHL, and another team from somewhere in the Midwest (Indianapolis? Milwaukee? Minneapolis?)
By being in on the ground floor and having the opportunity to supplant existing teams, the NHL surges to 2nd place in American popularity, behind only MLB. The startup NBA becomes convinced that putting teams in areas where the NHL is already popular is doomed to fail, and the entire league ends up being placed west of the Mississippi River. With too much space between teams and not enough support relative to the college game, the NBA collapses by 1953. It takes until the 1970s for another crack at a professional basketball league to be taken.
What would have happened if the flu epidemic had forced the shutdown of the entire NHL for either the 1918-19 or 1919-20 season?