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08:22 AM ET 04.09 | As the NHL turns its attention to the playoffs, there remains the threat of an elephant in the room. It seems inevitable these days that the post-season narrative at some point will be hijacked by a franchise relocation story. Last spring, it was the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg on the eve of the Stanley Cup final. This spring, it looks like we will get a final determination on the future of the Coyotes in Phoenix, where the City of Glendale is dithering over the $25 million it committed to cover the NHL's losses this season. It's also going to be interesting to see if the return of the Florida Panthers to the post-season for the first time since 2000 can revive that franchise and stifle rumblings it could also be on the move.

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April 9, 2012  08:38 AM ET
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But seriously, put this team in a city that likes SPORTS, let alone hockey.

Put this team in a city, period. Their arena is located on the edge of the Everglades.

April 9, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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But seriously, put this team in a city that likes SPORTS, let alone hockey.

the Yotes are sure to move, the Panthers may want to pull up stakes while the franchise still has value, and the Isles are likely gone when their lease is up in 2013 ... so plenty of teams out there for Quebec City, Hamilton, KC, and whomever else has an arena ready to go.
Did Dallas sort out there money/ownership issue?

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April 9, 2012  09:15 AM ET
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I think the Isles are trapped in that coffin until 2015, but could be wong.

But at least you are not Wang.

couldn't resist

April 9, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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I think Dallas is safe.I think the Isles are trapped in that coffin until 2015, but could be wong.I think we're about to witness the next wave of struggling franchises, and this one will consist of teams that have actually been successful recently who are simply bleeding funds and are starting to go through rough patches performance-wise. Carolina, Anaheim, and I don't care who the owner is but there isn't a freakin way in hell Tampa has turned a profit lately.

so who gets one of the moving teams first? Quebec?

April 9, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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But at least you are not Wang.couldn't resist

Beat me to it

April 9, 2012  09:17 AM ET

What's going on here? No threads about coaches whining about the whining Penguins? And I got out of bed for this? LOL

April 9, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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I think Dallas is safe.I think the Isles are trapped in that coffin until 2015, but could be wong.I think we're about to witness the next wave of struggling franchises, and this one will consist of teams that have actually been successful recently who are simply bleeding funds and are starting to go through rough patches performance-wise. Carolina, Anaheim, and I don't care who the owner is but there isn't a freakin way in hell Tampa has turned a profit lately.

Contraction is needed. The NHL Product that Bettman promoted is diluted.

This isnt the NBA.

April 9, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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Contraction is needed. The NHL Product that Bettman promoted is diluted.This isnt the NBA.

Agreed!

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April 9, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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I think Dallas is safe.

I think the Isles are trapped in that coffin until 2015, but could be wong wang.

I think we're about to witness the next wave of struggling franchises, and this one will consist of teams that have actually been successful recently who are simply bleeding funds and are starting to go through rough patches performance-wise. Carolina, Anaheim, and I don't care who the owner is but there isn't a freakin way in hell Tampa has turned a profit lately.

Fixed.

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April 9, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Fixed.

Rule #1. Read all posts before posting.

April 9, 2012  09:31 AM ET
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Contraction is needed. The NHL Product that Bettman promoted is diluted.This isnt the NBA.

hmmm...this all sounds familiar...I think I've heard this before....oh yeah....IT WAS ME AND MOST SENSIBLE PEOPLE IN HERE!!!
now of course, even if Dwarfus Horriblus wanted to contract, there's no way Don Feher The Reaper would let it happen to "his membership"

April 9, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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so who gets one of the moving teams first? Quebec?

In a a hedgehog friendly world:
Quebec (as noted, if nothing else,would certainly wake up Habs management 9if you'll excuse that word for Mtl)
I think Seattle might not be a bad idea, but only if an established (Seattle panthers?) team can go there. sending a virging team to virgin territory doesn't work really well.
Hamilton wouldn't be terrible either (see also reason #1)
And just flat out cut some of the fat. They simply don't need this many teams. I saw a bit in the newpaper yesterday that that date in whatever year, The Wings won the Cup....I love hockey, but it doesn't neeed to go until mid June

April 9, 2012  09:42 AM ET

Anything's possible....depends on how well Tallon can turn things around after a decade of mismanagement. Too many other options down here to spend money on when it seemed (until recently) that ownership and management couldn't find their arse with both hands, a map, and a flashlight. Location isn't the problem down here....not winning for a long time is. When you're winning, fans show up to games. When your franchise is only 18 years old and you've sucked for most of that time, you're not exactly building up your fan base and your season ticket holder base either.
But like anything, time will tell.

 
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