QUOTE(Devereaux_21 @ February 15, 2007 - 04:10PM)
Yea, but the Kings, Ducks, Devils, Islanders, and the Capitals are in the bottom half of league attendance . http://sports.espn.g...dance?year=2007
Well, I named 9 teams, and you say roughly half of those are in the bottom half of attendance. Since by definition, 50% of teams must be in the bottom half, I'd say that doesn't tell me anything at all.
you realize that Seattle could be losing the sonics a team that's been in the area for 40 years due to dredful attendence and you think that an NHL market is going to be better?
You realize that Vancouver lost their basketball team but their hockey team is as strong as ever, right? The Sonics play in the oldest and smallest arena in the NBA. Yes, Key Arena is older than even Madison Square Garden. They're a crappy team and they draw 93% capacity. That article mentioned an NHL team as a potential partner in a new arena, so you wouldn't have to worry about Key Arena holding back the team.
QUOTE(Aeothe Kaear @ February 15, 2007 - 04:26PM)
Actually, it isn't really, it's very rarely below freezing here.
I find this bizarre, though... there is absolutely no buzz about hockey here whatsoever, and word on the Sonics (who want a new building even though nobody here cares about them either, nor is there anything wrong with Key Arena) in the newspapers has been that they're going to relocate to [crappy suburb] Renton. This place is 100% Mariners and Seahawks all the time, even in the offseason. Nobody else rates.
I disagree about the hockey buzz. Up here in Everett there's a reasonable amount of Silvertips support. I definitely hear more about the Silvertips and even the Thunderbirds than I ever did in Norfolk about the Admirals of the AHL. You want to see zero hockey buzz, check out Norfolk.