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I am all for another Canadian team but....
Winnipeg went broke on a $15 million dollar payroll. How in the hell are they gonna manage twice that plus an old arena?
Time to get real people...
WINNIPEG IS NOT GETTING THEIR TEAM BACK!!!
There are a dozen markets across Canada that are WAY bigger. Furthermore, those individuals with the "VERY DEEP" pockets generally reside in and around the larger populations in the country. Why would anyone want to purchase a team and place them in a small market that has ALREADY FAILED with much smaller salaries, has only a 15,000 seat arena and would be out of their way to go and watch their team?
If any team is returning to one of it's old markets in Canada it's Quebec.
Lastly, can Bettman really afford to take a chance at relocating a team only to have it fail? NO! That could very well mean the end of his career in the NHL. Bettman would only relocate a team if it had an EXCELLENT, ALMOST GUARANTEED, chance to thriving in it's new market and unfortunately for 'Peggers that counts you out.
- 1 Reply to mmm... DIG IT!
It makes sense for Bettman to want the team in Winnipeg. First it will get the people in Canada to stop whinning for another team in Canada. Second it is not the biggest market so it wont make him look bad for not doing it sooner and if it doesn't quickly become one of the top revenue teams in the league it gives Bettman and the league a little more room to explore options in Kansas City or Las Vegas