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Will Quebec City Eventually Have A NHL Team?

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light,

For a few years now, every time NHL executives have been questioned about the possibility of the league returning a team to Quebec City, they’ve responded the same way: There are no teams available right now, and even if there were, the absence of a suitable arena makes it unlikely. But all that changed on Sunday when the city’s mayor and a corporate executive signed a long-anticipated deal on a new building. Ground is scheduled to be broken this fall and the arena will be ready in the fall of 2015.

That’s not an insignificant date. It coincides with the expiration of the lease that keeps the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. Of course, it’s also possible that the team now known as the Phoenix Coyotes will be ready at that time to move into the new Quebecor Colisee. The new Nordiques (or whatever they will be called) will have played the intervening three years in the old Pepsi Colisee, which is scheduled to get $7 million in emergency improvements starting this spring.

Of course,  the Coyotes could move elsewhere, or maybe not move at all. And it’s possible that Quebec City’s new arena will not have an NHL tenant when it opens. But considering the delirious return of the NHL to Winnipeg last year, not too many people believe the league will forego a chance to create more delirium as soon as it can.

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Funny we get all of the Quebec stories, irony is Bettman and the league talk about Seattle and they have an arena deal. Not a peep!?!

Posted by timbits on 03/26/12 at 11:24 PM ET

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Quebec City won’t get one if the NHL is truly interested in strengthening itself.  They will if the NHL just wants a quick cash grab.

Maybe it would be best to wait a few years and see how the futility in Winnipeg plays out before creating another one of THOSE situations…  When the losses pile up and ticket sales lose their luster, I don’t see how Winnipeg or Quebec City is any different than Atlanta or Phoenix.

Posted by Primis on 03/27/12 at 09:26 AM ET

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The NHL said they were absolutely not moving to Winnipeg also. Welcome back, Nords!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/27/12 at 09:59 AM ET

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