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#1 -Vintage Canuck-

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:31 AM

Commissioner Bettman says building a new arena won't guarantee a city an NHL franchise. But the chances are still there:

QUEBEC -- It's official -- Quebec City says it will begin construction on a new NHL-style arena this September.

Mayor Regis Labeaume says the $400-million arena will hold about 18,000 people.


The arena is expected to be complete by September 2015 -- now all the city needs is a team to play in it.

The Quebecor media empire landed the naming rights for the future arena and was granted exclusive rights to manage the facility.


Labeaume says the city can proceed with the project after finalizing an agreement with Quebecor before a March 31 deadline.

The province and Quebec City have pledged millions in taxpayer money for the project.


http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=391352

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:34 AM

Bye bye Phoniex Coyotes

Quebec is for sure going to get a team after this, but I think they will end up like the Ottawa - Toronto situation, Toronto has the mass majority of fans in the province. But Ottawa still generates a lot more money than most american franchises

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:35 AM

Very interesting, I hope it does happen and to bring another Canadian franchise back home would be amazing ::D
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:14 AM

Bye bye Phoniex Coyotes


YEEEEEAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!


Another Canadian team on its way B) - Its getting bigger and bigger here in Canada :towel:

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:17 AM

Seattle vs Quebec. The race for the Pheonix Coyotes... Or New Jersey Devils... Or Columbus Blue Jackets... Or Florida Panthers...

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:30 AM

peace out pheonix
wouldnt it be just legit if Saskatchewan got an nhl team
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:30 AM

WOOHOOOO
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:37 AM

Bye bye Phoniex Coyotes

Quebec is for sure going to get a team after this, but I think they will end up like the Ottawa - Toronto situation, Toronto has the mass majority of fans in the province. But Ottawa still generates a lot more money than most american franchises

Seattle vs Quebec. The race for the Pheonix Coyotes... Or New Jersey Devils... Or Columbus Blue Jackets... Or Florida Panthers...

peace out pheonix
wouldnt it be just legit if Saskatchewan got an nhl team


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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:49 AM

I love the pre-recorded Gary Bettman: "Yes, an NHL-ready arena is in the works, but none of our non-profitable teams will be moving there."

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:55 AM

PHX to Quebec
Florida to Seattle
Columbus to Wisconsin

NHL Is Saved and starts making tons of cash
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:56 AM

great news...and with the yotes they would get a solid team ...if this is going to happen

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:57 AM

18,000 seats only? With how popular hockey is in Canada I figured they would be going balls out and going for 20,000+
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:23 PM

This does not guarantee a team in the slightest. Kansas City has an empty 18k arena too, and leverage as the LA Kings owner, owns that arena, not to mention there is a potential buy who wants to put a team their.

I would much rather see a team in Quebec City, but a lot more things have to happen first. This will not be an over night process like the Jets/Thrashers.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:43 PM

Smart move, the NHL needs money so somebody will be gone, hopefully it's the Columbus Blue Jackets (I'd rather have Phoenix stay ; Western Team / Columbus is more of a Eastern one even though they are in the Western Conference).

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 12:58 PM

Doesn't matter if its the 'yotes or panthers or blue jackets. Bottom line, more canadian fun ;)
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:01 PM

peace out pheonix
wouldnt it be just legit if Saskatchewan got an nhl team


I'm all for Quebec getting a team, but I personally think that any more than 8 Canadian teams will hurt the credibility of hockey as a major sport in the US.

I'm not a Betman fan, but having franchises in major American markets only serves to boost visibility and revenue for the league (not just ticket sales, but associated revenue from TV broadcasting rights, etc). I'm not saying I support the NHL in Florida, I just feel that there must be a maintaining of franchises in the US.

So, in short, no I don't think it would be legit is Saskatchewan got a team. I think it would delegitimize the NHL as a viable, profitable business worth investing in.

Think CFL vs. NFL, and how the failed expansion of the CFL into the US panned out. Not a direct parallel, but this is my thought process.
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Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:10 PM

Who knows which team/teams will be losing money in 2015. Phoenix may have already moved by then.

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 11:15 PM

The return of the Nordiques would be awesome!
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 07:19 AM

Wait, if the NHL came back to Quebec this year, for next season would we have Quebec in the Western Conference and Winnipeg in the Eastern Conference?
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:55 AM

Why can't we have two new teams? Keep the Coyotes and initiate Quebec and Seattle.

NHL deserves to be even bigger!.............imo
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 10:57 AM

Funny thing is, like Winnipeg, Quebec will be better than Toronto in no time:)

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:07 AM

Why can't we have two new teams? Keep the Coyotes and initiate Quebec and Seattle.

NHL deserves to be even bigger!.............imo


The NHLPA would no longer have any reason to object to the realignment to a 4 division league. You could have 4 divisions of 8 teams each. It would also mean 46 more players with NHL level jobs.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:22 AM

Just because Buttman wants US based teams doesn't mean Canada can't support another franchise or three
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:27 AM

Bye bye Phoniex Coyotes

Quebec is for sure going to get a team after this, but I think they will end up like the Ottawa - Toronto situation, Toronto has the mass majority of fans in the province. But Ottawa still generates a lot more money than most american franchises


Might not be the Yotes. The arena isn't going to be ready until 2015 and the NHL is looking at relocating the Yotes ASAP. So unless the NHL takes the losses in Pheonix for the next 2 years it could be another team heading to Quebec.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:34 AM

Might not be the Yotes. The arena isn't going to be ready until 2015 and the NHL is looking at relocating the Yotes ASAP. So unless the NHL takes the losses in Pheonix for the next 2 years it could be another team heading to Quebec.


For Quebec, it has always been a chicken or egg story. Now that there will be an egg the chicken can play in a refurbished le Colisee and loose less money than the 'Yotes do now.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:47 AM

The Nordiques will return. Mark my words. Look how well the Jets are doing with attendance. As long as the league likes the potential owners in Quebec, there will be a team there in the next few years.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 11:56 AM

My Nordiques jersey is ready.




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