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Entries with the tag: Quebec City
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.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
It’s highly unlikely Patrick Roy will end up involved with the Montreal Canadians in any capacity. What’s more likely is Roy’s waiting for the Phoenix Coyotes to move to Quebec, where he’ll take over as either coach, general manager or both. Word is, Roy has unofficially been on retainer from Quebec NHL interests for almost two years now.
Phil Kessel is fourth in scoring in the NHL and you have to wonder how much higher he’d be if a) he played with a real first-line centre or b) he was properly utilized on the Maple Leafs power play. Now, the fact the Leafs don’t have that key puck moving centre may be why Kessel is tied for 16th in power play scoring when he’s third in the league in even strength points. However the numbers are broken down, Kessel has performed beyond expectations on a Leaf team that hasn’t met them….
No NHL team, but the arena will go up.
A CBC report…
Government Senate leader Marjory LeBreton recently waded into the debate about professional hockey in Quebec City, namely the idea that the Government of Canada would be assisting in funding a new arena for a prospective NHL team. While much has been written about this in recent months, this is the first time I have seen Eric Lindros dragged into the debate. Responding to a question from Senator Jean-Claude Rivest on the possibility of Government funding, LeBreton noted:
“Hon. Marjory LeBreton (Leader of the Government): Honourable senators, as big a hockey fan as I am, the funding of professional sports teams is primarily something that the private sector is responsible for; it is not the responsibility of the government.
I very much regretted when the Nordiques left Quebec City and went to Denver. In particular, I did not like the actions of Eric Lindros when he decided he would not go and play in Quebec City.
from Michel Hebert of QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,
After a long discussion with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman last Friday, Quebec premier Jean Charest says he believes the NHL will return to Quebec City.
According to the premier, Bettman is “sincere” and wants to see a franchise return to the former home of the Nordiques. Charest noted that the “planets are aligned” in such a way that the profitability of a new professional team is no longer a question for him
Some of Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume’s opponents are accusing him of overplaying the possibility of resurrecting the Quebec Nordiques, saying it’s a ploy to win more votes in the upcoming municipal election.
Quebec hockey fans are still buzzing after a meeting between Labeaume and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday over the potential return of a professional hockey franchise to the provincial capital.
Labeaume’s NHL ambitions are running offside with opponents such as Langis Harvey, who is running for mayor as an independent.
added 12:21pm, from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The NHL has just spent the better part of the past year propping up the Coyotes and spending all sorts of time and resources in a bid to keep the team from being moved and just last May, Bettman proclaimed that when it came to the league’s struggling franchises, “We fix the problems. We don’t run out on cities.”
So let’s get this straight. The league essentially puts its credibility on the line for a franchise that has been bleeding red ink for years and has almost no hope for long-term success and it’s suddenly going to start moving franchises or expanding to places such as Quebec City and Winnipeg?
from the Montreal Gazette,
Quebec City’s mayor and the former owner of the Quebec Nordiques met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Friday in New York City, the French-language television network LCN has reported.
According to the report, Mayor Régis Labeaume and Marcel Aubut discussed the possibility of Quebec City getting a new NHL team.