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Toronto Now Ready For Two NHL Teams

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

...But if you’re a fan, there was nothing in their initial address that would make you any more optimistic about a championship than you were prior to the announcement. Sure, these guys would love to win a Stanley Cup and if that’s a byproduct of their ownership, all the better. But let’s not kid ourselves, their primary concern is with getting their product on as many screens as possible, regardless of how good or bad it is.

Which brings us to the next thing that is crystal clear when it comes to the hockey scene in Toronto. And that is, any opposition to a second NHL team in Canada’s largest city evaporated before the ink was dry on the blood vow Canada’s two biggest communications conglomerates took when they spent $1.32 billion on 75 percent of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

And the importance of this cannot be overstated. When MLSE was taken over by BCE and Rogers, it essentially paved the way for the Phoenix Coyotes to move to the Greater Toronto Area as early as this summer, right around the time the Leafs sale gets approved by the NHL’s board of governors.

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Hank1974's avatar

I don’t doubt Toronto will have a 2nd team eventually but it won’t be the Coyotes.
No way the NHL misses out on an easy $400 expansion fee. And whoever wants a 2nd team in Toronto will gladly pay that (or more) to see it happen.

No, I see the Coyotes heading to either KC or Seattle.

The NHL knows towns like Toronto and Quebec will pay above $250M for expansion fees so why allow a team to walk in there without paying up first?

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/12/11 at 05:31 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a “relocation fee” assigned the same way an expansion fee would be, just to make it happen with the Coyotes, Hank.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/12/11 at 05:35 PM ET


What about the sabers? I’ve heard before they would fold if it weren’t for all the people from toronto coming down to watch games there. Would this save the coyotes just to damn buffalo?

Posted by teldar on 12/12/11 at 07:43 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

What about the sabers? I’ve heard before they would fold if it weren’t for all the people from toronto coming down to watch games there. Would this save the coyotes just to damn buffalo?

Sabres wouldn’t be affected.
The ticket $$$ for the 2nd team would be as expensive as the Leafs.
As long as the Sabres have reasonable prices, it won’t affect them.

Posted by Hank1974 on 12/12/11 at 07:47 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

With Pegula owning the Sabres now, they’re set for the foreseeable future.

Buffalo tickets are painfully expensive! I paid over $70 (plus fees) to have my back against the wall, as high as possible and in a corner to watch a game at HSBC Arena.

I wonder where the other Toronto team would play. The Ricoh Center is not big enough/nice enough, and Maple Leaf Gardens is now Ryerson University’s.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 12/13/11 at 11:37 AM ET

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