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#21 betterREDthandead

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 12:38 PM

QUOTE(redwingfan19 @ March 8, 2007 - 07:27AM) View Post

They should go to Winnipeg, they just built a huge brand new arena there.

So did Kansas City. And KC put an absolute sweetheart of a deal for the Pens - they'd instantly go from one of the worst leases in the league to quite possibly the best.
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#22 GodofHockeyStevieY19

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 12:42 PM

I for one do not want the Pens to move from Pittsburg. They have a really good hockey history there. And personally I would feel terrible for their fans. But If they have to move Las Vegas would be sweet. Ive wanted Vegas to get some sort of pro team for a long time. So that would be sweet. But If I had to pick I would rather see them stay in Pittsburg.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 12:53 PM

I think they should move to my backyard. I'll flood the rink for them and let them use it for free, i'll even build the bleachers and they can have all the gate, and parking and concessions revenue. Mario, call me! This deal is even better than the Kansas-City offer.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE(redwingfan19 @ March 8, 2007 - 10:27AM) View Post

KC is the worst place to go, they can't even support a Baseball team. They should go to Winnipeg, they just built a huge brand new arena there.

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This thing with Winnipeg: I'm just can't figure out why people are so obsessed with having a team move there. I think it would be ok, I admit, but there are way too many flaws to put a team back in Winnipeg. First of all, the new arena isn't big enough to support an NHL team. The MTS Centre, if I can remember correctly, had a maximum capactiy of about 11,000. Considering the average NHL arena has a capacity of about 18,000 or more, this is way too small. Granted the arena seating could be expanded, but I don't think anyone wants a situation like the Phoenix Coyotes had when they played at the America West arena where as many of the seats had obstructed views because of the seating expansion.

Second of all, the city couldn't support the team before, so what makes you think they can now? They have fan support, but no corperate support. I hate to say it, but corporate support is what really brings in the money in todays NHL. So you can see that these two roadblocks is what keeps Winnipeg from having a team again.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 03:15 PM

I think alot of the Vegas talk is centered around the NHL getting there before the NBA does. The current Penguins team is very marketable, and (in my opinion) the NHL will want to continue to put those players in the spotlight. In comparison, a Penguins team with flashy, young stars in Las Vegas is alot more attractive than the same team in a less important market (see Kansas City). Granted, the arena and perks that KC are giving would make any NHL owner jump for joy-- but if the team were actually moving, it would make a whole lot of sense to do it in a strong American city (and we're not talking hockey, considering the only real hockey-friendly market is Winnipeg).

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 03:24 PM

QUOTE(agdomain @ March 8, 2007 - 03:15PM) View Post

I think alot of the Vegas talk is centered around the NHL getting there before the NBA does. The current Penguins team is very marketable, and (in my opinion) the NHL will want to continue to put those players in the spotlight. In comparison, a Penguins team with flashy, young stars in Las Vegas is alot more attractive than the same team in a less important market (see Kansas City).


Bingo. I should make it clear that I want the Pens to find a way to stay, but if they do move, I'd loooove to see the NHL get a foothold in the fastest-growing city in America before any other major leagues. Since the team is likely to be very, very successful in the very near future and already has the most marketable young player in the league, I don't think cultivating fans will be a major problem.

Gambling issues? Just keep Rick Tocchet and the Gretzkys away from the franchise. Big picture this would help the league much more than somewhat minor negative buzz would hurt it.





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