Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/14/05 at 06:03 PM ET
The real test for the "new" NHL will come in 2008 or 2009 when some of the teams in non-traditional markets — think Florida, Tampa Carolina, Atlanta, Phoenix or Nashville — find they still cannot make it work financially, even with a new, owner-friendly CBA; that the only thing that fills a building in the southern States is winning; and that no team can bank on winning all the time. After three years of the new CBA, if the Panthers are still awash in red ink; or the Hurricanes; or the Predators; then that is when the issue of shifting one or more troubled franchises could move to the front burner. In the meantime, it'll be up to the financial movers-and-shakers in Winnipeg, in Kansas City — and yes, even in Toronto — to get their balance sheets and their bid books in order.
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