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How about more two team NHL cities.
For example, much as I am a die-hard
Maple Leaf fan, a second team here would
create greater fan following. Think about it; A Real NHL team!Mind you, that would
be fairly easy to accomplish. Just bring the AHL
Marlies in and call them NHLers. Wait, that's what
the Leafs do now.
Forget the whole idea! Senility(?) has set in.
Hamilton will not work as an expansion team even if they do get through the TML barrier rules. They simply do not have an arena with enough capacity to hold an NHL team even if you were to renovate Copps. It might be a good temporary home for an NHL team but in no way a good pernament home. I'd like to see a team back in Winnipeg, and Quebec City. I also like the idea that Ron Maclean (For Americans -- Hockey night in Canada host) pitched to Bettman at the all-star game 2 years ago, Halifax. Wheither it will work or not is a different story
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B-Mac: I'd love to see a team come back to Winnipeg... I just don't think the market is big enough for a NHL team to thrive... Not that Florida or Phoenix or any of the above mentioned are any better, but if you're going to move a team or expand, it should be in a market that WILL be successful.
Winnipeg has talked about building a new arena, which would be essential.. but even then, the one i've read about is small by NHL standards... which leads me to question the survivability and profitability of the market
Seattle and/or Portland would be great expansion opportunities. Hockey is huge in B.C. and the enthusiasm would trickle down south in a hurry (which isn't to say it isn't already pretty big in the U.S. Pacific Northwest). Plus they'd get a guaranteed four sellouts a year, when the Canucks come to town (only a short drive from Vancouver or, better yet, a quick ferry ride from Victoria!), and to witness such a dedicated fan base would create a lot of excitement for the hometown fans down there. Unfortunately Bettman and his cronies are still obsessed with ridiculous ideas like Las Vegas and Kansas City.
Winnipeg and Hamilton would be great as well, but I wouldn't bet on that happening anytime soon.
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They are building a new arena in Kent, WA for the Seattle Thunderbirds(WHL), who used to play in Key Arena(Sonics). Knock it down and build a 20,000 seat arena for a Seattle NHL team. Vancouver would have a rival, that was not Calgary and Edmonton.
PS: Believe it or not there is a hockey rink a mile down the road from the new Thunderbirds arena!
The market can definitely support another team in Hamilton...
unsure about Winnipeg, they talk a big talk but would the team really have enough of a fanbase to make it profitable.... not sure.
Besides, if there is an expansion, no chance it'll be TWO canadian cities, i'd be surprised if it's even one.
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