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NHL Expansion - Now or Never

The NHL is going to expand – the writing is on the wall, and the league will grow.  It has to.

There are arguments for and against the expansion into more markets, some being listed as non-traditional hockey markets.  You already have a watered down product with thirty NHL teams competing for the best talent in the world.

NHL expansion means that more guys who are fringe players get to fulfill their dreams of playing in the NHL on a regular basis, whether or not they deserve to be in the NHL or not.  How many more bloated salaries and barely hockey players can fans stomach?

The pro’s of NHL expansion however are competing with other professional leagues that crop up.  How many players have chosen to play in European Leagues, like the KHL because the opportunity for more ice time present itself? Your not going to stop the bleeding of North American players chasing the dream.

For teams that rely on the revenue sharing program, more teams mean more revenue right?

Reports late Tuesday state the NHL is looking at expanding into four cities, Las Vegas and Seattle breaking into the NHL, Quebec City returning to the league, and Toronto getting a second franchise.

Today the NHL stands pat on its “no” response to imminent NHL expansion – but how much of that is public relations, and how much of that is honest to goodness truth?

The NHL has not expanded in fifteen years, with Columbus and Minnesota joining the league.   It is only a matter of time before we are squeezing extra games into the schedule.

NHL Expansion Involves More Than Just Adding Teams

If the NHL expansion process adds teams to the league, in either conference, your going to have to rework your schedule, and you will likely be back to not playing every team twice, or at all.  If you still want to visit every arena – teams are going to sacrifice games against division and conference opponents.

Games against divisional opponents and conference opponents when the playoffs are on the line are much better games than the passing game against an inter-conference team, where the two points are important, but not as fought after.

NHL expansion, good idea, bad idea, or table it for another day?

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