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A lot of talk has gone on about how the two cities who should get the expansion teams when they do actually come out with them is Las Vegas and Kansas City. I don't see how either of these cities really should get a team considering they are both considered low in the ratings pools for popular sports cities. Don't get me wrong I know KC loves their Royals and their Chiefs... but are they a hockey team?

Las Vegas isn't a sports city. Las Vegas is where you go to bet on all other cities that can handle a professional team and actually not sink into the ground after a year. Why this city was picked is beyond me considering what do they have as professional teams? Exactly...

I think Quebec or Winnepeg should get a shot at getting a team back. If not both of them I really think bringing back an old team would work well not with just nastalgia but with revenues in those cities. Hartford would be a team to think about bringing back also.

I also would consider Hamilton as a city.

I guess I should compile a list so here goes!

1.) Quebec
2.) Winnepeg
3.) Hartford
4.) Hamilton

These would be my top 4 picks. What do you guys consider a town that would be great for hockey?

Cheers!
Filed Under:   Expansion   NHL   Quebec   Winnepeg   Hartford   Sabres  
August 20, 2007 6:00 PM ET | Delete
Good list, though I gotta add Kitchener-Waterloo to that bad boy, if only out of hometown bias. A hockey team would definitly do well here, you should have seen the hype when Balsillie even mentioned moving a team here.
August 20, 2007 6:03 PM ET | Delete
I don't think they want to expand, I think they are also worried about moving and the black eye the league would get. There is huge interest in Winnipeg and apparently there is interest in portland. I'd love to see a team in any of the cities you mentioned though!
August 20, 2007 6:04 PM ET | Delete
Winnipeg and Halifax.
August 20, 2007 6:06 PM ET | Delete
I heard they want to expand or move. I have actually heard about teams moving. As it is now, there's not enough players that would fill the voids of teams to be made. I think the only realistic part of it now would be to move two teams if not one.I really want Quebec to get a team again. Nordiques!
August 20, 2007 6:17 PM ET | Delete
i think windsor should get a team even though its a little smaller than hamilton or those other cities i really believe if an nhl team was brought to windsor it would have a huge fan bass and would survive for sure. what do you guys think?
August 20, 2007 6:26 PM ET | Delete
Las Vegas is not a sports city? what are you smoking dude.
August 20, 2007 6:27 PM ET | Delete
win and hamilton but it will never happen as long as bettman is in charge
August 20, 2007 6:29 PM ET | Delete
The only sport I see there that's even worth mentioning is Boxing. I am not sure what you mean by that other than as I stated before it's a sports city only in the sense of betting, not fans.Leafs91, I am not familiar with Windsor. Can you explain why you think they should get a team? I would like to read your response =)
August 20, 2007 6:38 PM ET | Delete
To talk about expansion for a league that can't even get a network to broadcast its games is suicidal at worst and silly at best. The number of quality players available seems to be dwindling geometrically as the league arithmetically. The league needs more high-quality players and better balance if it is to grow. Perhaps a better strategy for the present would be move some of the teams from poor attendance cities, such as, Atlanta and Charlotte to cities that truly appreciate the game.
August 20, 2007 6:49 PM ET | Delete
I agree Geolover. I always thought they need to get their inner acts together before they can do anything else with expanding the league. I have just heard talks about this recently and wanted to find out what people would think of as cities who would prosper as a new NHL city. Atlanta would be one team I would move as well. I think it's a huge city for football but it doesn't seem to be working well with hockey.
August 20, 2007 6:51 PM ET | Delete
Winnipeg should get a team for sure the fan base is still here the econmy is good we have a new arena.
August 20, 2007 6:59 PM ET | Delete
I would love to see the Jets come back. I miss the days of the Jets, Nordiques, and Whalers.... sigh...
August 20, 2007 7:06 PM ET | Delete
I think the Jets and Whalers deserve their teams back. They showed passion and would bring some intrinsic value back to the NHL.
August 20, 2007 7:49 PM ET | Delete
I think so too. I miss them the most to be honest. Along with the Nordiques.
August 20, 2007 7:50 PM ET | Delete
Albany, NY
August 20, 2007 7:57 PM ET | Delete
You're right Geolover, Charlotte does have bad hockey attendance. That's why the Hurricanes are in RALEIGH. Carolina, by the way, has just an average attendance league wide, ranked 15th this last season. If the plan is to move teams with poor attendance the order would go St. Louis, Chicago, NYI, Washington, NJ, Boston, PHX, Nashville, Florida, THEN you finally get to Atlanta. Everyone seems so concerned with the southern teams ruining the NHL. Maybe they should look at the floundering original 6 teams. Stop reminiscing about the NHL of yesteryear, it's gone. I'd love to see Winnipeg and Hamilton get teams, but I've heard there is some fear that a Hamilton team would draw fans away from Buffalo that has a strong base from the city only an hour and a half away...Here are 2007's end of the year attendance standings:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/attendance?year=2007
August 20, 2007 7:58 PM ET | Delete
Hmmm... I wonder how many hockey fans are there... you would probably get some Syracuse fans there too. There's enough area but it's close to cluttering the state then maybe?
August 20, 2007 7:59 PM ET | Delete
You're right Geolover, Charlotte does have bad hockey attendance. That's why the Hurricanes are in RALEIGH. Carolina, by the way, has just an average attendance league wide, ranked 15th this last season. If the plan is to move teams with poor attendance the order would go St. Louis, Chicago, NYI, Washington, NJ, Boston, PHX, Nashville, Florida, THEN you finally get to Atlanta. Everyone seems so concerned with the southern teams ruining the NHL. Maybe they should look at the floundering two of the original 6 teams. Stop reminiscing about the NHL of yesteryear, it's gone. I'd love to see Winnipeg and Hamilton get teams, but I've heard there is some fear that a Hamilton team would draw fans away from Buffalo that has a strong base from the city only an hour and a half away...Here are 2007's end of the year attendance standings:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/attendance?year=2007
August 20, 2007 8:00 PM ET | Delete
I agree CanesRallyCry that Hamilton would be a bad bet but they are very passionate and I would love to see them get their own team because of it. I know most are Sabres fans though. I guess it's just me seeing how much they want it and just pushing aside how many sabres fans we would lose because of it. Thanks for the link, that is very interesting to see actually.
August 20, 2007 8:01 PM ET | Delete
I get ya, I know that Hamilton would then not be sabres fans. However, they sold out with just the thought of getting their own team... if that's what they want I wouldn't want to be greedy and say "no, you're our fans!" hehe. Thank you for the link by the way. That's pretty awesome!
August 20, 2007 8:10 PM ET | Delete
Expansion will be in the west, hopefully winnipeg. Don't want to see kc get a team but they probably will.
August 20, 2007 8:51 PM ET | Delete
gary bettman doesnt really wanna put another team in an area where Toronto and Buffalo dominate the hockey market
August 20, 2007 9:05 PM ET | Delete
No prob, BuffaloMat. Another interesting subject would be how would the conferences/divisions be reshaped?
August 20, 2007 9:15 PM ET | Delete
Charlotte is a terrible hackey city. Haha, I love the ignorance geolover.
August 20, 2007 9:24 PM ET | Delete
Moncton NB or Halifax NS....there would be some good fan presence in either city as the people around here are so hockey oriented..
August 20, 2007 11:10 PM ET | Delete
NOWHERE, there are too many teams as there is now, the sport doesnt need to be watered down anymore then it is.
August 20, 2007 11:12 PM ET | Delete
I think vegas is a sports city, but not a big market for moving a team. Afterall, it's a tourist city...they'll be playing an away game every night when they're home.My pick is Seattle...the play against Vancouver would be comparable to a Habs vs Sabres game.
August 20, 2007 11:56 PM ET | Delete
Since nothing the NHL does makes sense .. I figured I'd pick a couple of places that probably least deserve a team. 1) Houston2) San Diego
August 21, 2007 12:52 AM ET | Delete
hey retro....how about albequercie(sp) NM and de moine iowa
August 21, 2007 7:36 AM ET | Delete
Is this the best Sabres bloggers can come up with? We have to poll everybody to see where the NHL should expand? I guess since the Sabres have'nt done squat to improve this off season it makes sense. How about polling everybody about getting Quinn out of town?
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