Quebec is far from a slam dunk market. What has changed from the 90's? Are they going to have more corporate and government support? Will they still insist focusing on how French they are and have problems getting English language coverage?
I'm not convinced the Jets have a long term future either. They have a small arena, and even with selling out almost every game they're only the 20th valued NHL franchise. If they don't win consistently, which was their major problem in Atlanta, the novelty of having "Our Jets" back will wear off and fans will stop spending the money on games.
There's significant changes since the Nords moved to Colorado...
The Canadian $ is alot more in line in terms of value with the American $.
I remember a few years ago I was at Joe Louis West as I like to call the Hawks' barn, wearing my Yzerman jersey and a Hawk fan yelled at me, "Why are you wearing that? He doesn't even play for them anymore! And Red Wings suck!" It was then I looked at who he was wearing and it happened to be a Byfuglien one so I said, "Why are you wearing that? HE doesn'e even play for the Hawks anymore." He then tried to tell me that Byfuglien still does, and that he just bought it because Byfuglien is a, "Beast," and will win cups with the Hawks for many years to come. So I laughed in his face and left. Then some of their fans tried pushing my little brother down the stairs getting outside. It was a real...magical...expierence.
And hell I remember when Wing sweaters took up 85% of that place, they couldn't even give tickets away, what a joke.
I kid you not - I was at a game in the UC where nearly 70% were Wings fans (back in 2003 when the Hawks were in the dumps), and the Wings scored - the crowd went wild, and the loud horn went off (the guy behind the button must've fell asleep, and thought the Hawks scored due to the noise from the crowd).
To be clear, i am not alleging that the Captain had anything to do with this decision, but it is an absolute embarrassment to the Lightning organization as well their fan base. I guess once expansion teams enter the picture this type of behavior exists.
While TB's policy is nothing short of retarded - has anyone here other than myself been to a game in Chicago while wearing your Red Wing jersey?
Hawks fans can be pretty classless turds toward visiting fans.
Helm isn't going anywhere , seriously doubt it he can play the wing as well and has a ton of speed
Tell Babs when he comes calling for glendening to pay up a 1st or take a hike lol
At times Helm was a force to reckon with in the post season...He's finally turning into the player that we had hoped he'd become, but then again - as bad as it sounds - maybe his trade value is at a all time high, and what we get in return will fill a few holes?