If the largest growing sector in minor hockey is women's hockey today then this could just be too early to adopt a legitimate league. Give it 15 -20 years and they might have enough interest to make it worth while for the players, owners and the fans.
I think it is just too early for a women's pro league. I am in full support of a women's pro league like the NHL but it just doesn't seem feasible to subsidize an entire league for the next 15+ years until it can sustain itself.
Would it be nice if the NHL owners would step up absolutely but should they be obligated to? They already have equalization payments to keep the low hanging fruit NHL teams afloat and competitive why would they want to keep an entire league afloat.
Maybe if the NHL could add something into future TV deals that would somehow help bring money into the women's league and also give them some tv exposure I could see that but that's about it, and again I think it is minimum 10 years too early to even think of this as an option and even start the discussions imo.
But I would have loved it if my daughter could have had a WNHL team she could get behind and support while growing up.