I'm curious, being that both Quebec and Winnipeg just recently had teams leave because of financial issues, why do people want teams there again? It's been proven that they can't support NHL teams. Unless I'm missing something, I just don't get it. It's like saying we should elect Bush again.
The teams left there for a reason, there is no reason to put them back where they failed already. I'd rather see a team in Seattle or Kansas.
It wasn't really financial trouble perse.....
It was back in the free trade era, when they'd have to offer a player 13-14 million in order to compete with a team like the wings that only hade to pay 10 million. (or 7 million to match a 5 million offer) Now, with the Cap, that shouldn't be an issue anymore.
Also, It was Back in an era where the owner of the team was the owner of the team, and could up and move his team if he wished. Minnesota had great attendance and is right up there as the most rabid hockey City in America. It's not that they couldn't support the team, it's that Ted Green figured he could get Better TV money in a bigger market like Dallas, and Bigger corporate sponsorship. Back then, an owner could move his team, if he thought there'd be more money elsewhere. That's what happened in Hartford, Winnipeg and Quebec City. It was the individual owners who could decide to sell or move as they wished.
I hate Bettman, and I'm convinced Bettman hates Canada. To his credit, Gary Bettman saw this as a problem, and in order to protect the remaining franchises like Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Buffalo, Calgary and Edmonton, He changed the process, to where a move would have to be approved by the league and Owners. As much as I would have liked to see Phoenix move up to Hamilton, it just doesn't work that way anymore. It's Bettman's new rules that prevent a private sale and relocation of a franchise, the way it happened in the Former NHL cities. Sure, all those teams relocated under Bettman's watch, but he did something to stop it from happening more. And he IS doing what he can to keep franchises where they are. Good move, Good Idea, about 15 years too late. Hopefully they can only take so much of the bleeding in the non Hockey markets and get the NHL back to where it should be.