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NHL's Future Lies In Canada

Posted on: April 18, 2009 10:49 am
Edited on: April 18, 2009 10:56 am
 
So many NHL teams in so many obscure regions of the country. And oh so many empty seats. Ladies and gentleman, I'm afraid The Great Experiment has failed. Bettman rolled the dice and went broke. His dream of creating this humongous U.S. market never materalized. Perhaps it is time to revisit the idea of relocation. Yes relocation. To Canada. The San Jose Sharks who routinely sell out HP Pavilion are immune. The Anaheim Ducks also appear to be safe & sound. However, the same can not be said for the Atlanta Thrashers, Nashville Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes & Columbus Blue Jackets. Face it. These locations were as strategic as an igloo in downtown Las Vegas. The fan base, or interest for that matter, simply isn't there. Nor will it ever be. Despite playoff berths and Stanley Cup championships, the attendance and television ratings are nonexistent. Despite the negative financial returns, player salaries continue to escalate. Owners continue to lose a fortune yet appear rooted to the spot & unable to seek greener pastures. Oh there are greener pastures my friend. They can be found in the Great White North. With the rise of the Canadian dollar and the subsequent slide of it's U.S. counterpart, the funds are more even now. With the new salary cap and revenue sharing, Canadian cities could experience a new NHL Renaissance. Winnipeg, Quebec City, Kitchener-Waterloo, Haliflax & Victoria. Unlike the U.S., the avid hockey fan base is already there. Canadian teams routinely sell out every night. The NHL can work with local municipalities on arena funding & construction. It can work. The Phoenix Coyotes could leave the Glendale Arena, where the meger attendance can be measured in how loud you can hear your own echo, and don the classic Winnipeg Jets jersey. The Nashville Predators could leave the Country Music Capital and give the hockey-starved residents of Quebec their famed Nordiques back. The Florida Panthers could put down the suntan lotion & make the residents of Kitchener-Waterloo happy. The Columbus Blue Jackets could bolt & make the people of Victoria smile from ear to ear. The Rebirth of The Victoria Cougars. Similar to The Rebirth of the Ottawa Senators in the 90's. A dream? Perhaps. A fantasy? No. More possible than you could ever imagine. It requires but a single nudge to start a boulder rolling down the hill. Revision: Upon further anaysis and contemplation, I was premature in my assessment of Columbus. It's location in The Midwest & proximity to the Mid-Atlantic states are infact strategic. Their long, cold winters do make it ideal for hockey. I deeply apologize if I offended in any way the fine residents of this great state.
Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2009 11:23 am
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

Putting hockey teams in the south is weird, because the South ain't cold.



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2009 11:00 am
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

Alaska Polar Bears would be nice.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2009 1:47 pm
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

I also think Alaska could use an NHL team.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2009 1:45 pm
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

Haha, I like how I put Maine would love an NFL team instead of an NHL team lol.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2009 1:44 pm
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

I agree with you and think 2-4 teams need to be moved out of the USA and into Canada. I also think Maine would love a NFL team. They have an AHL team the Portland Pirates and a lot of people go to there games, they play in the Portland Civic Center which holds about 5,000 people and it's usually pretty filled up. I think the City of Portland could hold an NHL team and would fill out the arena every game. Maine doesn't have any Pro Team, so if an NHL team came to Maine, it would be very popular.



Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2009 4:07 pm
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

No more expansion !!!!! There's not enough talent to go around right now, so lets just fix what we have now with relocation or retraction.Smile



Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2009 4:04 pm
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

I live in Victoria BC right now & listen to Vancouver sports radio. Every time Vancouver & Seattle DJs get together to talk NFL & MLB it always ends in the Vancouver DJs asking the Seattle DJs if they think the NHL would work there & the answer is always (I doubt it, since nobodies been saying they want a team here)Frown



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: April 27, 2009 9:46 am
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

What about exspansion???

If the owners are not looking to move and the cities have some support of their team why don't they look into adding exspansion teams to those cities.  The NFL gave Cleveland back the Browns after moving them to Baltimore when realizing there was still a huge market.  Also to your point, I think Ohio will support the Blue Jackets. They have a lot going for them right now.

Go Wings



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2009 4:55 pm
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

plenty of seattlites want a hockey team, what have you been hearing??!!  the seattle metro area supports TWO whl franchises in the thunderbirds and the everett silvertips; the t-birds even got a new arena this year.  add to it fans from near-by portland, which is also the home of a successful whl team.  i do think many of the struggling southern teams need to move, some to canada, but don't overlook seattle and milwaukee as american homes for the NHL.



Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2009 3:43 pm
 

NHL's Future Lies In Canada

Nobody in Seattle wants a team so why put one there?Undecided


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