Morning, Sabres fans!
Quick question: remember how, last off-season, NHL owners whined and cried about how so many of them were actually losing money and then proceeded to lose MORE money as the lockout dragged on into January?
I thought you might. remember that. Well, the NHL is about to give its owners another reason to claim they are bleeding cash, as reports out of Seattle suggest that
commissioner Gary Bettman is working to get an NHL franchise up-and-running in Seattle by the 2014-2015 season.
Anyone who looked at the conference realignment that the geniuses in the NHL came up with knew that this day would come. Why else would the NHL place 16 teams in one conference, and only 14 in another, if they were not planning on adding two more teams in the west in the not-so-distant future? Besides total incompetence, that is?
My question today is, if the NHL is truly hell-bent on expanding, which city actually deserves an NHL franchise? I like Seattle, and was a huge fan of the Supersonics, so I understand why the city of Seattle would covet an NHL franchise. I would not hate to see a team based out of Seattle . . .
. . . but there are other teams who could use, and probably deserve, an NHL team more. Quebec, anyone? Hartford? How about another Canadian city, such as Hamilton, which has tried – and failed – to lure an NHL team to come there before?
Or how about the NHL focuses on the teams it has, and knocks off all of this talk until some of its struggling franchises start turning a profit?
You decide – which, if any, city should be the proud owner of a new NHL team?