Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Rumour Mill: More Canadian teams?

On the same day that economic uncertainty has NHL teams--the Senators included--pondering what a shrinking salary cap might mean for their long-term contracts, Greg Wyshynski blogged on Puck Daddy about three NHL teams (the Nashville Predators, the New York Islanders, and the Phoenix Coyotes) making Forbes Magazine's top-ten sports franchises likely to move.

The Vancouver Sun reported today that the NHL's six Canadian teams accounted for 1/3 of NHL revenues last season. Although that had a lot to do with the strong Canadian dollar, some analysts expect Canada's economy to lead G7 countries with growth of 1.2%.

Do I know what that means? Hardly. But I think it means that Canadian cities--like Hamilton, Quebec City, and Winnipeg--may be better poised to host an NHL franchise than the above-mentioned American cities. Which would be nice.

Imagine Phoenix relocated back to Winnipeg? Shane Doan would be a hero.
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