Expansion Teams

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  1. Neill99

    Neill99 Registered User

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    If the Nashville Predators don't move to KC witch I bet they won't.Then I hope Gary Bettman gives Kansas City an a Expansion team:handclap:if he does.
     
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    Why?
     
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    Go on.
     
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    I vote for Bangor Maine. It would be a hockey mecca. I also thing the NHL should absorb the AHL and expand to a 60 team league. Along with the KC expansion these would all be really smart moves for the NHL.

    Bettman Commish for life.:handclap:
     
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    UMAINE hockey would crush the new team. It's big **** up there. :teach:




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    I will not be happy at all if Bettman decides to expand to KC.
     
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    Blackhawkswincup Seabrook = Thief

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    I wouldn't be too happy either. I think Houston should get a team before KC. It is 4th most pop in US, has hockey history, a ready arena and a wanting owner. Texas is big enough for 2 NHL teams. In fact it would be smartest thing for NHL to do. But this is the NHL so i should expect a team in Compton, Cali before Houston.:sarcasm:

    If NHL does expand which i expect they will. (Cash grab and media attention) they should consider one of these expansion plans.

    A-Houston, Ontario (This one would be most logical pick since it would be 1 Southern US and 1 Canada team. NHL head office could keep expanding to new market in South and a 7th team in Canada would make up for lose of Jets):amazed:

    B-Houston, Winnipeg (If Winnipeg built a real stadium it would be possible):)

    C-Houston, KC ( It would balance out Western Conference allowing Blue Jackets to move. (Detroit cant move it would kill rivalrys with Chi, Stl, Nas and Col the NHL BOG would have to put a foot down on Ilitch and explain the importance of Detroit to Western Conferance. KC has a great arena and built in rivalry with Stl as its good points. But it failed miserably last time. At least Atlanta, Colorado and Minnesota showed good potential before they lost there teams, thus thats why they got 2nd chances):teach:

    D-Houston, Oklahoma (This would be least like by fans in Canada and would be ripped apart in media but it does make sense. Houston has Pop, History, Arena and ownership waiting while Oklahoma City has Arena and was nearly successful in mid 90's during expansion bids. They put on a great presentation for board and showed that Hockey could work. It would also be great rivalry wise with Dal, Hou and Nas. It would also balance out Western Conference allowing Columbus to move to East).:handclap:

    E-Las Vegas and KC (Ugh, this is the one i expect the NHL to do) :shakehead:(:help::cry:

    I would want expansion B but Winnipeg doesn't have an NHL arena. So i hope to see expansion A or Expansion D.:yo:

    I dont want to see expansion E but it looks more and more likely that will be the leagues choice.:(:cry:
     
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    Please, no more expansion, the talent pool is diluted now enough as it is.
     
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    This thread is just as awesome as the day it was born.
     
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    Quite the opposite, actually.
     
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    Really?? So, every team has a strong 6 man defensive corpse? Every team has 2-4 guys that can score 30 goals +?

    I'd rather the league contract than to expand. saying the league has too much talent per team now is silly.
     
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    I believe that corpses are prohibited in the new collective bargaining agreement (although IB is free to correct me if I am wrong).

    The real best part of your argument is that if every NHL team had a strong six-man defensive corps, then no team would have 2-4 guys that can score 30 goals +.
     
  13. td_ice

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    I agree. Talent has never been better.

    As for expansion cities.

    I would pick the two best Canadian candidates from the list.

    Whether it is Winnipeg or Hamilton, or another Canadian city, I would prefer that they go to Canada.
     
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    Talk about your dead cap space.

    Thank you! Thank you! I'm here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress!
     
  15. Diluting the talent even more?

    No lets remove a few teams... go to 24 teams.
     
  16. Fugu

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    How so? Wouldn't an overabundance of talent force player costs downward?
     
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    Is the availability of talent the sole criterion upon which to base league size?
     
  18. MayDay

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    OK, which six do you propose we cut?

    Perhaps the six franchises with the worst attendance this past season?

    St. Louis
    Chicago
    NY Islanders
    Washington
    New Jersey
    Boston
     
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    If I could pick two, I would take Winnipeg and Milwaukee...two strong hockey markets. Even though I've never been to Winnipeg, I have a Jets jersey and I've always dreamed about their return.
     
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    winnipeg would be great but considering they just opened an arena that too small so the Peg isnt really an option for 15+ years and also has the coperate situation really changed since the Jets left??

    houston has an arena but does it really have fan support?

    so. ontario makes perfect sense has everything but an arena outside of the sabre and leafs restrictions

    kc has an arena ready to go and would let the wings move east....


    the fact ideally 2 more teams makes 8 divisons of 4 teams...
     
  21. td_ice

    td_ice Peter shows the way

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    No.

    Never said it was. Was disagreeing with the notation NOT to do it because it would dilute talent.
     
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    I'm not if favor of expansion, but if they were to add two more teams my priorities would be:

    1. Houston
    2. Toronto
    3. Seattle (especially if the NBA team leaves, real opening there)
    4. Portland
    5. Kansas City
     
  23. saskganesh

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    it wouldn't dilute talent. it would increase offseason bidding for better-than-average FA's and RFA's though. it would also increase competition and so decrease the chance any given team would make it to the Cup.

    for some teams, it might decrease travel.
     
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    SINCE When is MTS Centre considered a new arena if it sits essentially on the same site as the Winnipeg Arena, the team that houses them also playing in the original arena that the Jets played in (it's less than a decade old)
     
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    The MTS Centre is build downtown nowhere near the old arena.You don`t know anything about the MTS Centre,the Winnipeg Jets or the city of Winnipeg so maybe don`t talk about them.
     

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