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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:59 pm 
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I would assume it would be the opposite: Seattle and Houston pay 600M each to get in, while the poorer QC franchise gets Phoenix, who will soon find themselves on the wrong side a West-heavy conference misalignment.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:43 pm 
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Of course we could get 34 teams, with KC, Portland and Virginia Beach emerging as potential spots for troubled teams.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:19 pm 
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E.L. wrote:
I would assume it would be the opposite: Seattle and Houston pay 600M each to get in, while the poorer QC franchise gets Phoenix, who will soon find themselves on the wrong side a West-heavy conference misalignment.


Gah...that would be so weird for the franchise to go from Winnipeg to Arizona to Quebec City.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:30 pm 
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Canes sold today, so they're staying in Raleigh. As bad as things get there and Sunrise, they still have sweet barn deals so I doubt the NHL will leave those spots.

If Glendale and Brooklyn don't resolve themselves, then they'll be on thin ice. I think the latter will get sorted -- too much land money involved not to -- but as the league looks to get into strong markets like Houston and Seattle, the need to prop up Phoenix makes less and less sense.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:58 pm 
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From Pierre LeBrun's Twitter:

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Bettman announces that the NHL Board of Governors has agreed to accept/consider an expansion application from Seattle and allow Bonderman group to conduct a season ticket drive

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My excitement has now turned to dread with a smidge of annoyance. Now teams have to prepare for another expansion draft, and the Avs were actually fortuitous in that they not only had a bunch of crappy players no one wanted, but they managed to pick up a defenseman (Mark Barberio) that fulfilled their obligation without having to do any extra maneuvering. But they're set to get absolutely jobbed in the next one.

Oh well...it's a few years yet.


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Pokecheque wrote:
My excitement has now turned to dread with a smidge of annoyance. Now teams have to prepare for another expansion draft, and the Avs were actually fortuitous in that they not only had a bunch of crappy players no one wanted, but they managed to pick up a defenseman (Mark Barberio) that fulfilled their obligation without having to do any extra maneuvering. But they're set to get absolutely jobbed in the next one.

Oh well...it's a few years yet.


Seeing how well Vegas is doing to this point (standings- no idea on ticket sales), Seattle may have pretty decent sales before they exist.

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