There is no plan to do so but there was a lot of talk a couple of years ago as an idea to enhance offence.
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Do you that there are american teams that have had a second chance ?
I will let you know that they are: Atlanta ( in big trouble right now ), Colorado ( had the Rockies in the late 70's early 80's ) and they are talking about Kansas again ( also had a team in the mid 70's the Scouts ).
So its ok to give american cities a second chance that could care less about hockey but stiff Canada where we live, eat and breath hockey ? Yea ok makes alot of sense to me.
Winnipeg has a new arena finished last year and Hamilton has Copps that needs upgrading but say it could be done in a year. Quebec would still need a new arena though.
Jimmy, 2007-09-30 21:53:57
Winnipeg and Quebec only failed because they couldnt get the governments to help fund new arenas. It wasnt because they werent selling out, they needed new arenas to offset at that time the high player salaries.
Florida, Atlanta, St.Louis, Phoenix to name a few are all doing really bad. Thats ok though because they are in the states though right ?
Jimmy, 2007-09-30 16:37:52
Haven't they bastardized the game enough in a pathetic attempt to attract fans in the US market with increased scoring - in the process they're alienating all of the fans who appreciate this great game and always have. What's better than a fast paced defensive/goaltending battle that ends in a 2-1 decision. There's nothing wrong with challenging all of the very talented offensive players in the league today.
Of all the changes over the last few years I don't mind the elimination of the red line and that's it - but even that wasn't necessary in my view.
Sports like soccer, outside of North America, baseball, football, etc. are tremendously popular, but how long would that last with the true fans if wholesale changes were implemented to appease the uneducated?
Jake, 2007-09-29 15:48:09
I actually don't care to see any more changes either. They have to justify their salaries though. Personally I would like to see them actually follow the existing rules and consistently too. I love explaining the rules to a newcomer. " Ya i see the hook too, but its only called when their at full strength, ahead in points etc etc."
wayne, 2007-09-28 13:06:00
Yes the USA has 300 million people, how many of them are hockey fans ? Not alot as most of there teams dont sell out.
Canada has 6 teams and all sell out there games so Canada is a better market.
The NHL should give Winnipeg, Hamilton and Quebec City teams, they deserve them over cities like Florida, Phoenix, Carolina and possible cities like Houston and Las Vegas.
Bettman is ruining the league and should be fired asap.
Mike, 2007-09-28 11:30:38
All that matters is if its a hockey market, which 2/3 arent in the states as they dont sell out. Thats the info that really counts.
Canadian teams are supporting american teams by supplying the funding for the league revenue sharing plan. I guess them 300 million are worth it eh wayne ? LOL
Jimmy, 2007-09-28 09:53:32
The US has 300+ million people and 22 teams, Thats 14.5 million people per team. Canada has 32+ million and 6 teams, thats 5 Million people per team. If I add a team in Canada I have a chance to get money from 5 million people, the US 14.5 million, which would you want to invest your money in?
wayne, 2007-09-28 08:02:59