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Which city deserves an NHL team the most?
Fri, October 16, 2009

By Mike Zeisberger, Sun Media

Many of the Gary Bettman bashers figure the NHL commissioner seems to turn a blind eye to anything north of the 49th parallel.

To this increasingly vocal group that maintains Bettman is anti-Canadian, it doesn't seem to matter that he has continued to talk with Hamilton officials since Jim Balsillie's bid to move the Phoenix Coyotes to Steeltown died last month.

Or that, during the Coyotes trial, he pondered why the NHL would not at least touch base with Winnipeg in the event of the team's relocation, since that was the original birthplace of the franchise.

Or that he hosted a meeting a week ago with Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume, who wants to resurrect the Quebec Nordiques.

To these conspiracy theorists, Bettman's ultimate plan is to plop teams in Kansas City and Las Vegas one day while ignoring areas such as Winnipeg, Quebec City, and southern Ontario. It is a suggestion he vehemently denies.

"I'm sure there are people in Quebec City who would say if a team is moving to Canada, why should it be southern Ontario? Why shouldn't we get a team back?" Bettman says. "I'm sure there are people in Winnipeg who are saying the same thing. If the Coyotes move, I'm sure they say, 'Why aren't the Coyotes coming back here now that we have a new arena?' And so, there will always be a debate as to where the right fit is. But to the extent people think I have this master list hanging on my office wall in terms of where we are going next, that is not the case. If the opportunity presents itself, then we will look at all the situations and try to make the best judgment. You can confirm for yourself ... there is no list on my wall. Search away, You can look in all the drawers also."

What city should the NHL expand or relocate to in the future? Does it matter whether it is in Canada or the U.S.? Have your say in our forum.

Bettman: Have patience



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Quebec City!!! I grew up there and people eat, drink and sleep hockey!!!
Louise, 2009-10-16 15:34:37

Either Q. City or Winnipeg would be better than some American locations now.

But in the long run? Are these major league cities? Could either sustain having a team like Toronto's had this past dozen years or so?
D. Eisler, 2009-10-16 14:38:27

Toronto needs another team. Burke has made their team an AHL team, so they really could use an NHL team to support ;)
John, 2009-10-16 14:34:42

Saskatoon
jerry, 2009-10-16 14:21:34

TORONTO! rumour has it the city is looking for a real NHL team!
Eric, 2009-10-16 14:16:11

I think the first place in Canada that deserves a real NHL franchise is TORONTO

the haven't had one for years!!!!!!!
jimf, 2009-10-16 13:41:13

Probably not Winnipeg. Winnipeggers will say they want it, they will support it at the start, but eventually they will start whining if they have to spend more than $15.00 for a seat and then just general complaints about parking, player salaries, why they don't get paid as much as the players, etc. Won't work long term in Winnipeg.
em, 2009-10-16 12:44:21

Any city in Canada,don't worry folks it's just a matter of time as a number of Bankrupt American teams are on the horizon, here me now and believe me later....
Ed, 2009-10-16 12:11:37

TORONTO!
Janney, 2009-10-16 11:57:53

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