June 25, 2015

Question of the day: Where should the next NHL franchise be?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent
 

The NHL is officially exploring an expansion, adding more teams to the current 30-team league.

Quebec City, Las Vegas and Seattle have expressed interest right out of the gate.

So I hit the streets to see where you think the next NHL franchise should be.

 

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commented 2015-06-26 14:12:01 -0400
Edmonton! Oops – I forgot the Oilers… they’re easy to forget I guess.
commented 2015-06-26 10:25:46 -0400
Quebec would be good.

Another team in the GTA would be great as well. It might bring the pricing of the leafs down to a reasonable level. With the amount they charge for leafs tickets, no ordinary average family could even go to a game.

Its like provincial equalization payments. The ticket money (especially from the original 6 teams) are pooled in the NHL to pay for the lesser lite teams. So our over-priced ticket charges pay for the lower markets.
commented 2015-06-26 10:08:34 -0400
Who cares except some obsessed little fanboy. I have played semi-pro and watched hockey for more than half aa century and the product on the ice in the Bettman league bores me to tears. Canadian hockey still exists – just not on the ice surface of the NHL. Too many teams – talent pool too thin – season excruciatingly long and teams where there is no pond ice in winter. This year I didn’t even watch the cup game – the NHL left me, not vice versa. Can you imagine the talent and the thrilling game play if there were only an original six or a dozen teams now?
commented 2015-06-25 21:50:22 -0400
Regina “Queens” ? :)
commented 2015-06-25 21:34:04 -0400
Emily, next time go to a construction site and ask your questions. Lets get a different take.
commented 2015-06-25 21:33:06 -0400
Well, if they dropped about 14 franchises that would be a plus.
commented 2015-06-25 19:07:56 -0400
Emily Pratt Are you taking interviews from U of T These kids couldn’t tell you where Quebec City is or where Hartford is, or where Seattle is and I bet they would know what state Las Vegas is in and forget about Kansas City.
commented 2015-06-25 19:01:55 -0400
The only clear choice for an NHL team is…….Quebec City they supported the Nordiques and it was only money that they transferred to Colorado, who by the way the next year they won the Stanley Cup. Las Vegas does not have the fan support, Hartford couldn’t draw flies to the dying Whalers, Seattle would be a good location for an NHL Team may be one of the other faltering NHL teams could move there.
commented 2015-06-25 18:04:36 -0400
16 teams per conference = 32
$500M per franchise – this is why the NHL is expanding
US media shows LV, Seattle, Quebec, Hartford, Kansas City, Houston, Portland, Hartford – funny how Canadians can only think within their borders.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=771939#&navid=nhl-search

Harper is doing a good job promoting quebec – unlikely as quebec is a nuisance factor US TV expansion and merchandising.