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11:23 AM ET 02.15 | While the NHL has yet to announce expansion plans, Seattle remains at the forefront of the league's thoughts as the time to add new franchises draws closer. "When that happens, I think Seattle will certainly be an intriguing marketplace from the league's perspective," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says. "I think we have a belief in the Pacific Northwest. It being good hockey territory. I think, obviously, the Canucks have done a fantastic job -- in Vancouver, but also throughout British Columbia and the Pacific region -- at driving interest in the sport. Along with Seattle, Kansas City, Quebec City and Markham, Ont., have recently been considered possible landing spots for an expansion franchise.

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February 15, 2014  11:42 AM ET

The talent pool is depleted enough as it is. NO EXPANSION. You may wish to consider a relocation from one of your failed experiments. Seattle would be a great choice among several!!!

February 15, 2014  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The talent pool is depleted enough as it is. NO EXPANSION. You may wish to consider a relocation from one of your failed experiments. Seattle would be a great choice among several!!!

The Floriduh Panthers? The Arizona Yipping Dogs? Works for me!

February 15, 2014  11:54 AM ET
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Fixed!

February 15, 2014  12:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Floriduh Panthers? The Arizona Yipping Dogs? Works for me!

Shiprock would have to give up the desert and relocate to the Pacific Northwest though! :-)

February 15, 2014  12:12 PM ET
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Shiprock would have to give up the desert and relocate to the Pacific Northwest though! :-)

Gonna hit 80 today. Shorts and T-shirts. And 1M Canadiens. And I thought I'd miss Windsor:)

February 15, 2014  12:57 PM ET

In the 2010 gold medal game between the US and Canada, Milwaukee had the 5th-highest viewership percentage in the country among metro areas slightly behind Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Minneapolis.

The 2014 USA Olympic roster includes three players from Wisconsin (Kessel, Suter, Pavelski); only New York and Minnesota have more players on the team from their states.

I may be a bit biased, but I think Wisconsin deserves an NHL franchise.

February 15, 2014  01:08 PM ET
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I may be a bit biased, but I think Wisconsin deserves an NHL franchise.

Before this thread devolves into a discussion about which cities deserves a franchise. Let's all agree with the first post that the answer is relocation not expansion.

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February 15, 2014  02:00 PM ET
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Gonna hit 80 today. Shorts and T-shirts. And 1M Canadiens. And I thought I'd miss Windsor:)

SHUT UP!!!! SHUT UP!!!! SHUT UP!!!!!!

February 15, 2014  02:33 PM ET
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I do agree with CI and the only city I see worthy of an NHL franchise at this point is Quebec City.Contract 2 teams and move a 3rd to Q.C. in the P.Q.My candidates for elimination/relocation;Phoenix, Tampa, Florida, Nashville, Carolina & [b]AND FREAKIN' BEAN SUCKING BOSTON!![/b].

Fixed!

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February 15, 2014  03:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I do agree with CI and the only city I see worthy of an NHL franchise at this point is Quebec City.Contract 2 teams and move a 3rd to Q.C. in the P.Q.My candidates for elimination/relocation;Phoenix, Tampa, Florida, Nashville, Carolina & Montreal.

I second the nomination of Montreal for contraction.

February 15, 2014  04:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Before this thread devolves into a discussion about which cities deserves a franchise. Let's all agree with the first post that the answer is relocation not expansion.

The Milwaukee Admirals are the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators. Flipping that would work for me.

February 15, 2014  04:55 PM ET
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I knew you wuz still around.<snickers>On a serious note, it is time that the NHL gets another team in Quebec City

I'd love to see another team in Quebec City. I just hope they don't suffer the same problems as before. Really passionate fans who always got up for a Habs game! Us too.

February 15, 2014  05:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The talent pool is depleted enough as it is. NO EXPANSION. You may wish to consider a relocation from one of your failed experiments. Seattle would be a great choice among several!!!

There were more teams in 77 when the WHA and NHL were both playing and that was without Europeans . Fact is 32 is the perfect number for 4 divisions. The problem with their expansion plan of the turn of the millennium was they tried to become a national sport(in the US) they failed miserably. Now they are going back to regional play (hence the play the way out of your division which creates rivalries ) The only thing that draws more than love of a team is hate of another

February 15, 2014  05:23 PM ET
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Before this thread devolves into a discussion about which cities deserves a franchise. Let's all agree with the first post that the answer is relocation not expansion.

Yes they need to relocate a few teams probably. But they still need 32 teams to make the alignment work

February 15, 2014  05:23 PM ET
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In the 2010 gold medal game between the US and Canada, Milwaukee had the 5th-highest viewership percentage in the country among metro areas slightly behind Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Minneapolis.The 2014 USA Olympic roster includes three players from Wisconsin (Kessel, Suter, Pavelski); only New York and Minnesota have more players on the team from their states.I may be a bit biased, but I think Wisconsin deserves an NHL franchise.

Plus McDonaugh and Stepan played at the University of Wisconsin.

Just don't call them the Milwaukee Predators. The name should reflect the tavern culture of my hometown, in my opinion. Cash your factory check and take the family to a fish fry Friday after work.

February 15, 2014  05:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The talent pool is depleted enough as it is. NO EXPANSION. You may wish to consider a relocation from one of your failed experiments. Seattle would be a great choice among several!!!

Amen to that

February 15, 2014  05:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

In the 2010 gold medal game between the US and Canada, Milwaukee had the 5th-highest viewership percentage in the country among metro areas slightly behind Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Minneapolis.The 2014 USA Olympic roster includes three players from Wisconsin (Kessel, Suter, Pavelski); only New York and Minnesota have more players on the team from their states.I may be a bit biased, but I think Wisconsin deserves an NHL franchise.

NY state had more homegrown players than Russians in the NHL at the start of last season

 
February 15, 2014  05:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Before this thread devolves into a discussion about which cities deserves a franchise. Let's all agree with the first post that the answer is relocation not expansion.

Agree

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