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#1 Strombone1

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:17 PM

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Former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly just told council NHL discussed expanding to 32 teams with him

In media scrum, Kelly says he believes NHL will expand to 32 teams within "2-3 years, most likely" to Quebec City and the Toronto area

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

Relocate Coyotes to Seattle, move WPG to central, expand to Markham and QC.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

Ugh expansion draft...
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:24 PM

No.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

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NHL needs less teams, not more teams. Talent pool is watered down enough as it is.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:34 PM

Wasn't he the Executive Director 4 years ago? I guess they never followed through with that plan.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

I hate expansion drafts....
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

Heck no, as it has already been said, expansion drafts suck, and we dont need more teams as the talent pool is watered down.
Just relocate two teams!
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:08 PM

Good markets that they're considering, but I still don't think it's a great idea. If anything cut down to like 28 teams; two 14-team conferences, with two 7-team divisions in each conference.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:10 PM

The league is already hurting, instead of adding more teams to potentially balance it out (Loses and gains in revenue), move the teams that aren't working.

This league isn't healthy enough to expand.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:11 PM

Good markets that they're considering, but I still don't think it's a great idea. If anything cut down to like 28 teams; two 14-team conferences, with two 7-team divisions in each conference.


I don't disagree with anything you are saying, but who here would be surprised if the NHL expanded?

In order to cut the league down they would have to give up on selling the Coyotes and buy out another franchise altogether. Instead, they will get to charge hundreds of millions in expansion fees. Which do you think the owners would vote for?
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

I think it would be cool if Seattle got one of the teams. Having NHL and NBA back in Seattle would be great for Vancouver, as it could possibly land Vancouver a future NBA team as well. We would have a natural rivalry and it would be awesome to see those games. Seattle, Quebec city deserve it the most. Why does Toronto need a second team?
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

^ What he/she said.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:33 PM

Seattle has some good sports fans too
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

Quebec City and Seattle please!
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

How about relocation instead? Seriously, Phoenix continues to pull in like half capacity, why add in an extra two franchises on paper when you can just move Phoenix to Quebec and have a new franchise in reality without editing the playoff format, seeding structure, etc.

And Toronto should not get a new team over Seattle.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

Why expand when you have struggling teams in Phoenix, Columbus, Long Island, Miami and (believe it or not) St. Louis.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:37 PM

I think it would be cool if Seattle got one of the teams. Having NHL and NBA back in Seattle would be great for Vancouver, as it could possibly land Vancouver a future NBA team as well. We would have a natural rivalry and it would be awesome to see those games. Seattle, Quebec city deserve it the most. Why does Toronto need a second team?


Are you implying that TO already has a team?
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:42 PM

I hear they are looking for an NHL team in Atlanta!
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

I think it would be cool if Seattle got one of the teams. Having NHL and NBA back in Seattle would be great for Vancouver, as it could possibly land Vancouver a future NBA team as well. We would have a natural rivalry and it would be awesome to see those games. Seattle, Quebec city deserve it the most. Why does Toronto need a second team?


It's not about needing a second team, it's business. A second team in Toronto is a slam dunk. Toronto is the most profitable team in the NHL year after year, and sells out every game despite having the highest ticket prices by a pretty wide margin and having had a terrible team for quite awhile now. In terms of what's best for the health of the league, it's Toronto by a country mile.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

Phoenix to Seattle. Islanders to Quebec.

No to expansion.

Yes to 28 teams.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:45 PM

Why expand when you have struggling teams in Phoenix, Columbus, Long Island, Miami and (believe it or not) St. Louis.


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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

i would move phoenix and florida.. how can u make $$ when ur tickets are $7-10...
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

Man, it would be hilarious if the Islanders became the second team in Toronto.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

Why isn't Portland ever part of expansion discussions? The Winter Hawks have done a great job of creating hockey interest, and are apparently run like a professional franchise (so there may be an ownership group/management group in place already...just need the financing akin to Thompson in Winnipeg with True North Group). Portland is in the same population category as Denver, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Columbus and has as high per capita wealth as Seattle does.

The idea of a second team in the Metro Toronto area makes a lot of sense. The population north of Highway 407 is as large as the population south of it. Alternatively, a team in Hamilton should be reconsidered for the Golden Horseshoe area...they would draw from cities such as Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Niagara Falls, Ste. Catharines, Brantford, etc. The distance from either Markham and Hamilton to downtown Toronto (the ACC to be more specific) is further than the distance between MSG, Prudential Center (Newark), and Barclay Center (Brooklyn, where the Islanders will play next year)...in fact, Nassau County is about the same distance, if not closer to MSG than Hamilton and Markham to the ACC. I've lived in Edgewater, NJ and Richmond Hill, ON, and have traveled by car or train to ACC, MSG, Continental Arena (Meadowlands), and Nassau County Coliseum to watch games and even though CA and NCC were 2/3 capacity, these franchises have stood the test of time (point being, two franchises in the GTA/Golden Horseshoe is doable). BTW, Wang would never sell the Islanders. He has a lucrative local TV contract (I was surprised when he announced the move away from Nassau County, as NC is one of the wealthiest counties in the US...maybe the Wall Street investor bankers who live on Long Island aren't making the big bonuses anymore).
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:27 PM

Terrible Idea.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

Cut 2 teams instead of add 2 teams.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:35 PM

How does an expansion draft work?
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

How does an expansion draft work?

Each team can protect a certain number of players but have to leave some exposed. The expansion team(s) pick from these players to start their roster(s).
I seem to recall also that a team can only lose 1 player but that may change if there are 2 expansion teams.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

Each team can protect a certain number of players but have to leave some exposed. The expansion team(s) pick from these players to start their roster(s).
I seem to recall also that a team can only lose 1 player but that may change if there are 2 expansion teams.

So we could put up Vandemeer and Barker or can we sign someone and just put them up.
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