Short blog here, just felt like getting my opinion out there into the ether. It's a common viewpoint on NHL expansion but what can i say, when theres no hockey games/trade/rumors to read about I need to let it all out somehow!
I think that in 4-5 years expansion will be more than likely. If this occurs, I would hate to see the NHL pick the wrong markets to expand into. Maybe Vegas is right, maybe KC is, I dont know enough about these two places to judge. The expansion, as stated by the NHL, will be from 30 to 32 teams. Im quite Anti-NHL office right now because Canada (the heart of the hockey world) is being shafted as attempts to expand in the States are undertaken. *NBC getting pick over CBC was a classic display of this* I agree that we must do all we can to raise the popularity of the game in the States, but is pissing off the already faithful really the way to go? 2 expansion teams BETTER not head off to the States. It would be a tragedy if Canada and more specifically Winnipeg or Kitchener/Waterloo did not recieve a team. Of course I think Winnipeg is more likely as the Leafs Organization will fight tooth and nail to keep their market huge. Through the two team expansion, a 1 and 1 split between the U.S. and Canada would help U.S. hockey and also give respect back to the places in Canada that deserve a team! If Betmann and the NHL office send one team to Vegas and one team to KC, I won't rebel by refusing to watch hockey because only i would be hurt. I SURE WONT BE A HAPPY CAMPER THOUGH!