I am a US hockey fan, and I can not state emphatically enough that there is NO reason to "Make it Seven".
It should be MAKE IT TEN
Southern markets in the United States, despite some very vocal and passionate fans, are largely failures. The two teams in the state of Florida have had their successes, but have been in terrible financial straits and have seen far more downs than ups on the ice.
Nashville rallied to "Save the Predators" but they didn't rally enough for new ownership to do more than tread water in regards to making the team better and more capable of taking the next step to being a serious contender.
Los Angeles was damaged by the addition of Anaheim, and prior to the lockout was a well document case of a franchise bleeding cash. Phoenix's troubles are well documented and I can not understand Phoenix fans who celebrate Judge Redfield Baum's gutless decision, because all that has done is preserved hockey in Glendale for, at most, another few years.
The Atlanta situation would be funny if it weren't so sad. Not only did Atlanta lose the Flames through apathy, they seem to follow the Thrashers as closely and passionately as I follow the Yakult Swallows in the Japan baseball leagues.
Just as troubling is Bettman, after bending over backwards to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh and the Predators in Nashville, has such a ho-hum attitude over the possible relocation of the Islanders, should the Lighthouse project fail.
So, let's not make it seven. Let's make it TEN. Move the abortions known as the Coyotes, Panthers, Thrashers and Predators north of the 49th and if the Lighthouse does indeed die, send the Islanders to Canada as well, rather than to Kansas City or some other US city that ignored the NHL in the past when they had a team .
Bring back the Jets and Nordiques. Add the Hamilton Bulldogs and Saskatchewan Miners. And put NHL teams in cities where fans will embrace the teams and love them like they deserve to be loved.