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Jim Balsillie believes Canada should have another NHL franchise.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by hockeybeat, May 16, 2008.

  1. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

  2. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Why put another team in Canada. None of them can win the Stanley Cup anyway. ;)
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

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  4. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Ah, here we go again.

    Bettman will put a franchise in Branson MO before he puts one in Winnipeg.
  5. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Baslsillie's just stating the obvious.

    Yes,what the sport really needs is a team in a place like Kansas City or Vegas. God help us.

    There'll be at least one more team in Southern Ontario, Quebec City, Halifax or Winnipeg within the next five to six years.
  6. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    From the comments:

    Disgruntled Leaf fan (Posted 2008-05-16 15:43:44)
    Toronto could use an NHL team, too!
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I am considering doing the hockey version of converting from Protestantism to Catholicism: switching my fanboy loser allegiance to Montreal.
  8. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Uh huh. And what is there in the NHL business model that suggests that?
  9. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Historical inevitability and the fact that insiders say there are about eight NHL teams up for sale now.

    The commish will not be able to get away with a Canadian roadblock the second time like he did with Balsillie.

    Oh, and money. Canadian franchises are cash cows for the league. Teams in places like Florida, Arizona, Nashville and Atlanta are the poor cousins
  10. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Leagues don't run on "historical inevitability."

    I'm not arguing in favor of their business plan, I'm just saying that it doesn't include placing more franchises in Canada. Bettman doesn't want more teams in Canada, and will do whatever he can to prevent it. Unlike some other sports, the NHL still has some viable US relocation spots available.
  11. Because I'm honestly curious, what spots would those be?
  12. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    It's pretty well known that the league has been making eyes with Vegas and Kansas City.
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