Wednesday, May 6, 2009

NHL Moves

*Sorry for the lack of updates recently. Try to do better in the future.

Well reports now say that Jim Balsillie's pursuit of a NHL franchise has takent yet another turn. Balsillie is currently trying to buy the Coyotes. In my opinion not a bad idea. Phoenix is a terrible place for a hockey team and the Coyotes are underperforming in a bad hockey market.

I always found it bizarre the NHL has more teams in the Sun Belt than Canada. Only three places in the US should the NHL have a team that isn't already there:
Kansas City - though basketball is better but an empty arena is bad
Las Vegas - someone needs to take the risk and put a pro sports team there
Hartford - Whalers fans are a dedicated bunch

Spector points out:

Winnipeg and Quebec City will never again have NHL franchises. Even if they were to build big, shiny new arenas that could seat over 18,000 fans both cities lack the population base to adequately support them. which I reluctantly agree though I would love to see the Winnipeg Jets come back. Still I have a hard time believing that the Jets could be worse off than the Coyotes (except the Coyotes have a nice arena with a terrible name).

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