Does NHL Have Life in USA?

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Does NHL Have Life in USA?

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With the second possible full-season lockout in 10 years all but certain, does the NHL have a chance to live on in the USA, or should it just remain a Canadian/Eur-Asian sport?
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It definitely has a strong market in the northern states, and on the east coast. As long as the National Hockey League exists, it will be in America. Too much history with teams like the Rangers, Red Wings, etc.
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The thing that weakens the league is that it's over-expanded into crap cities in the South / Central USA. It's quite big on the East Coast relative to the rest of the country.

If the league wants to really solve its woes, it has to come with a situation to remove teams but that's just not realistic (players won't go for it because too many players would lose jobs, nor will the owners getting their teams removed unless they get a sweetheart deal...which they might since tax players fund the stadiums - so only the taxpayers in those areas would be screwed - classic USA)

One really has to wonder why a team like Tampa Bay, Anaheim, etc. exist at all.
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While I don't think they should have gone to places like Anaheim and San Jose, there are A LOT more youth hockey players coming out of California than there was even 10 years ago.

Going to places like Atlanta and Phoenix was just plain stupid, though.
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When you look at it though, even the lowest average NHL attendance broke 12,000 fans per game. I expected those numbers to be smaller.
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und2006 wrote:When you look at it though, even the lowest average NHL attendance broke 12,000 fans per game. I expected those numbers to be smaller.

Hard to believe when you watch games in some of those southern states. There's plenty of games where entire lower level sections look empty.
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If Bettman and Fehr weren't involved in this, the dispute would've been solved already.
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LaSean4Heisman wrote:If Bettman and Fehr weren't involved in this, the dispute would've been solved already.

Yeah, I had a feeling this would happen when the NHLPA brought in Fehr.

There's been plenty of reports from multiple sources saying that the players have been ready to accept a deal, but Fehr persuaded them to turn it down.

It's just so frustrating.
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MN_HockeyGuy wrote:
LaSean4Heisman wrote:If Bettman and Fehr weren't involved in this, the dispute would've been solved already.

Yeah, I had a feeling this would happen when the NHLPA brought in Fehr.

There's been plenty of reports from multiple sources saying that the players have been ready to accept a deal, but Fehr persuaded them to turn it down.

It's just so frustrating.


Yeah, the players want to play.. Fehr seems to be on a power trip or something that's preventing this thing from getting done.
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MN_HockeyGuy wrote:It definitely has a strong market in the northern states, and on the east coast. As long as the National Hockey League exists, it will be in America. Too much history with teams like the Rangers, Red Wings, etc.



yup... chicago, detroit, boston, NY.
I wonder what those US cities have in common :-k


Although...I'd actually add a few more.
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Listening to the opinions of fellow sharks, I have come up with the most reasonable solution for the NHL. Contraction. If teams cannot improve their fan base within 3 to 5 years, then they need to be removed from the NHL.

Teams that are on the list include:
Florida Panthers
Tampa Bay Lightning
San Jose Sharks
Phoenix Coyotes
Carolina Hurricanes
Anaheim Ducks

What could be done is have the Hurricanes move back to Hartford to become the Whalers, have Tampa Bay or San Jose move to Quebec to become the Nordiques, and take the other four remaining teams and throw them into FA/Waivers. The market for hockey teams in warm-weather states is slim to none. Florida is all about baseball, basketball, and football. The Carolinas are about college sports. The US West Coast is all about college football, baseball, and basketball.
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