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NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:48 am
by Jason
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Q: What the latest on NHL expansion? Where and when?

McKenzie: The NHL party line hasn't changed. There are no formal plans for expansion but if they expand and everyone assumes at some point, they're going to, the common knowledge is that Seattle is the primary target in the Pacific Northwest. ]The strong sense I'm getting now is that Las Vegas is second on that *list behind Seattle and the NHL wants to be the first major professional sports league to put a franchise in Las Vegas. People in Quebec City may be saying, 'Hey, what about us?' Well, keep in mind, there's not rule that says if they expand, that they only expand by two teams. The possibility of expanding by three teams, with Quebec City being one of them, is at least something that will be considered. There's lots of money in expansion; over $300 million per franchise, close to a $1 billion winfall that isn't shared with the players or anyone else, just the owners.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:17 am
by The Frugal Gourmet
Seattle and Vegas seem like some pretty weak markets. Quebec City? Come on now.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:21 am
by B Kat
There are already too many teams. Dollars are nice but keep expanding and an already diluted product will become more so.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:21 am
by ScubaSteve
Seattle fills a 60k seat stadium for freaking MLS soccer every week. It's a good sports town, and they're about to get a brand spanking new NHL/NBA venue built. They're getting a team.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:23 am
by wonko80
I don't mind Seattle getting a team. There are probably enough Canadian transplants there to make it work.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:38 am
by starsfan18
I want Seattle to get a team so that if I have to relocate there some day, I'll have a local product and the ability to see the Stars 2-4 times a year or so.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:40 am
by The Frugal Gourmet
Soccer is kind of the exception and not the rule in Seattle. No one understands why it works so well there.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:42 am
by ScubaSteve
Seattle losing the Sonics was a complete screw job, which is why the NBA is about to put another team back there. It had nothing to do with the market.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:43 am
by wonko80
Don't they also have one of the best home team crowds for football?

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:48 am
by The Frugal Gourmet
ScubaSteve wrote:Seattle losing the Sonics was a complete screw job, which is why the NBA is about to put another team back there. It had nothing to do with the market.


True.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:35 am
by SaintAngerBH
B Kat wrote:There are already too many teams. Dollars are nice but keep expanding and an already diluted product will become more so.


I wholeheartedly agree. I am actually in favor of shrinking back down to 28 or 26.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:42 am
by The Frugal Gourmet
A more "diluted" product imo is just as likely to increase scoring and perceived quality of the product. I'm not sure that matters too much to me. The reason why every Dallas/Winnipeg game is about 10 goals is those teams don't have much talent.

The end result, however, would be fewer teams have that excitement of getting to the playoffs every season. That would kind of suck.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:46 am
by starsfan18
The Frugal Gourmet wrote:A more "diluted" product imo is just as likely to increase scoring and perceived quality of the product. I'm not sure that matters too much to me. The reason why every Dallas/Winnipeg game is about 10 goals is those teams don't have much talent.

The end result, however, would be fewer teams have that excitement of getting to the playoffs every season. That would kind of suck.


I bet they'll go to an MLB play-in model.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:50 am
by ToddM
I welcome another terrible expansion team into our division. We could use the free points.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:26 pm
by 5minmajor
Why would fewer teams make the playoffs?
A lower % of the total but not fewer teams.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:39 pm
by The Frugal Gourmet
5minmajor wrote:Why would fewer teams make the playoffs?
A lower % of the total but not fewer teams.


Yes. A lower percentage.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:50 pm
by Phats
ScubaSteve wrote:Seattle fills a 60k seat stadium for freaking MLS soccer every week. It's a good sports town, and they're about to get a brand spanking new NHL/NBA venue built. They're getting a team.



Remember when Atlanta was all gung-ho about hockey? Twice?

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:58 pm
by SaintAngerBH
Phats wrote:
ScubaSteve wrote:Seattle fills a 60k seat stadium for freaking MLS soccer every week. It's a good sports town, and they're about to get a brand spanking new NHL/NBA venue built. They're getting a team.



Remember when Atlanta was all gung-ho about hockey? Twice?


No.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:19 pm
by CycloneGU
5minmajor wrote:Why would fewer teams make the playoffs?
A lower % of the total but not fewer teams.

I was about to quip about how 16 teams still make the playoffs.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:49 pm
by Jason
Seattle NHL team soon? Bettman says it would be 'pretty fun'

The league is reportedly expected to issue a letter of intent for a Seattle expansion team.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:56 pm
by ScubaSteve
:FAP

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:39 pm
by SaintAngerBH
:S

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:29 am
by CycloneGU
Jason wrote:Seattle NHL team soon? Bettman says it would be 'pretty fun'

The league is reportedly expected to issue a letter of intent for a Seattle expansion team.

:DeadHorse:

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:00 pm
by Jason
Michael Russo @Russostrib 5h
Bettman says he continues to get #nhl expansion interest from Seattle, Vegas, Kansas City, Quebec City

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:23 pm
by Troy McClure
He throws the last one in to troll Canadians.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:28 pm
by ToddM
I'm all for two expansion teams in the West.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:21 am
by CycloneGU
Troy McClure wrote:He throws the last one in to troll Canadians Quebecors.

Fixt.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:44 pm
by Jason
Shoalts: Conference imbalance works in favour of Seattle and Las Vegas
As reported earlier in this space, Seattle, Las Vegas and Quebec City are the cities in play when it comes to NHL expansion.

A priority for Bettman is eliminating the imbalance between the Eastern Conference, which has 16 teams, and the Western Conference, which has 14.

The plan is to add two teams in the west – which leaves Quebec as the long-shot even though it is the only city of the three to have an arena under construction.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:58 pm
by CycloneGU
Jason wrote:Shoalts: Conference imbalance works in favour of Seattle and Las Vegas
As reported earlier in this space, Seattle, Las Vegas and Quebec City are the cities in play when it comes to NHL expansion.

A priority for Bettman is eliminating the imbalance between the Eastern Conference, which has 16 teams, and the Western Conference, which has 14.

The plan is to add two teams in the west – which leaves Quebec as the long-shot even though it is the only city of the three to have an arena under construction.

Give one to Quebec and move Detroit back to the West. Problem solved.

Re: NHL Expansion

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 5:32 pm
by CycloneGU
@theScore wrote:Report: Gary Bettman, Bill Daly went to Seattle to meet with Mayor, King County Executive

Sauce

There are older stories below about Seattle's NHL activities.