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The Future Of The Coyotes

Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside discuss the future of the Phoenix Coyotes.

LeBrun says four cities are in the mix for relocation: Seattle, Quebec City, Las Vegas and Kansas City.

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OH GOODY 2 places that have lost teams in the NHL before, Seattle which has lost a NBA franchise & Lost Wages which I don’t think will EVER happen!

Here’s a Concept as Much as I feel sorry for the “Real Hockey Fans” in those cities to be contracted CONTRACT The NHL

Yes I know the NHLPA will never ever let that Happen

Posted by Evilpens on 11/04/11 at 07:29 PM ET

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CONTRACT The NHL

I agree. Get rid of Florida and Phoenix. Then you’d have even numbers on each side for four total divisions and the talent level would rise a bit across the league.

That said,..

Seattle might work for the NHL. Losing an NBA team, to me, actually makes me think NHL might work. There isn’t much crossover in fan bases, at least not from NBA to NHL. But really, no idea how much demand is there, and the folks I know from Seattle are all Vancouver fans.

QC did lose a team already, and do they really need to put another team up in that already crowded area?

KC? I’m sure that would be detrimental to St. Louis, and given the issues that Columbus and Nashville face, another team in the middle US is not be a good idea.

Vegas? You mean Phoenix North with Poker? No way it works there.

If Phoenix relocates, Jobing.com Arena and the City of Glendale will be brought out every time any team in any sport demands that any city pay for a new arena.

Posted by awould on 11/04/11 at 07:48 PM ET

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Contraction would have to be collectively bargained—that’s 25 fewer jobs per team. Hope that’s not thrown into a potentially toxic labor battle.

Posted by Dave on 11/04/11 at 08:19 PM ET

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Thank God Seattle is in the running!  They’ve been begging for an NHL team FOREVER, haven’t they?

Posted by Garth on 11/04/11 at 08:47 PM ET

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As much as I’d love seeing a team in Seattle, I don’t think it’s going to happen.  The Sonics left because we wouldn’t build them a stadium.  Why would we build one for the coyotes?

Posted by Nick on 11/04/11 at 09:03 PM ET

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Is there a reason why Milwaukee, Green Bay or even Madison are never brought up for a potential team?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/04/11 at 09:04 PM ET

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Is there a reason why Milwaukee, Green Bay or even Madison are never brought up for a potential team?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/04/11 at 08:04 PM ET

Too cold for hockey?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/04/11 at 09:06 PM ET

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Green bay and Madison are too small.  Green bay is tiny

Seattle (for example) has 3.5 million in the metro area.  Green bay has 300k it’s a no-brainer

Posted by Nick on 11/04/11 at 09:13 PM ET

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Too cold for hockey?

LOL Sad part is I can hear that argument being made.

Posted by Nick

I understand the size difference, but the state of Wisconsin as a whole could easily draw to Milwaukee or Madison. I’d be willing to bet they’d routinely out-draw PHX, CBJ, NSH, and FLA. Probably even give CAR and DAL a run.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/04/11 at 09:38 PM ET

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Is there a reason why Milwaukee, Green Bay or even Madison are never brought up for a potential team?

Or could it be they are Sh!tty little towns…

Posted by timbits on 11/05/11 at 01:39 AM ET

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How can Seattle be mentioned without any arena?  If they had one, I would place at it the top of the list.

Posted by Guy Legend on 11/05/11 at 10:55 AM ET

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How can Seattle be mentioned without any arena?  If they had one, I would place at it the top of the list.

The owner of the Chicago Wolves is already looking in Seattle to build an arena without government support.

Posted by timbits on 11/05/11 at 01:09 PM ET

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Seattle gets my vote.  It will make for a great rivalry with Vancouver, only an hour and a half drive away.  It also has a rich hockey tradition, having four major junior teams in the state, lots of minor hockey and even won the Cup (yes, a long time ago to be sure).  They lost their team because of the Spanish Flu (half the team died).  It will be a great road trip town and the economy is less damaged than other cities. If they can deal with the arena issue this town is avery safe bet to succeed.

Posted by MattinSurrey on 11/05/11 at 04:17 PM ET

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Timbits where did you hear that? Also, considering zoning and whatnot how would that even be possible? Seattle snubbed the NHL when they built key arena too small for an NHL team, it seems like the only people who ever think it is a possibility are people not very familiar with Seattle. I’d love it to happen, but I’d also be willing to commit to eating a hat if it ever did. It won’t in the next few decades anyway.

Posted by clownfat on 11/05/11 at 06:59 PM ET

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Vegas.

BWAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA…!

And I’ve done that too many times already and it’s still as funny as:

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 11/15/11 at 03:49 AM ET

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