Do any of you think the NHL are concerned at all about the WHA? They now have financial commitments $50,000 down payment and a 1 million dollar deposit) from 6 teams and hope to extend that total to 10. They hope to start a 50 game schedule starting late November 2004 in Toronto, Hamilton, Québec, Minneapolis, Miami and an unnamed U.S. city that have all met their obligations to date.
"The WHA expects to operate with as many as 10 teams in their first season. Lease negotiations continue in a number of Canadian and U.S. cities".
The WHA mission statement is to bring affordable entertaining hockey back to the fans. I really believe the better the WHA does the better it will be for hockey in general. It would put more pressure on the NHL decision makers to fix the problems that have krept into the game in the last 10 years including making it more affordable for the average fan and a return to a game that allows stars to be stars and once again a game with offensive plays and scoring opportunites.