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PX Eliezer7
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Re: [Hockey] Official~ NHL thread...........scores and highlites

This may be a really stupid question, but would Canada be better off splitting off from the troubled NHL and having their own league?

All I see from the US side is drama, marginal owners, the difficulty of expanding into the tropical US states, problems over exchange rate, a loud New York lawyer in charge of it all, etc.

The CFL does ok with 8 teams, and there already [are] 8 Canadian NHL teams....

....and they could probably bring on a couple of more Canadian teams from the current AHL.



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said by PX Eliezer7:

The CFL does ok with 8 teams, and there already [are] 8 Canadian NHL teams....

....and they could probably bring on a couple of more Canadian teams from the current AHL.

There are only 7 Canada-based teams in the NHL at the moment: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Quebec City could be #8, Hamilton/Milton would be #9, but both are several years away from even being possible.

That said, considering that the 7 existing teams generate, what was it, 38% of league revenue, they could do quite well by themselves if need be, although the travel costs would go up by quite a bit compared to what they are currently as Mtl/Ott/Tor don't travel that far for divisional games right now.
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said by Kardinal:

There are only 7 Canada-based teams in the NHL at the moment:

Sorry, don't know how the heck I miscounted!

Well, if Canada annexes Minnesota, you'd get another team in the process.


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said by Kardinal:

There are only 7 Canada-based teams in the NHL at the moment

Which is one more than there were in the entire league for a quarter of a century, a period many fondly regard as the golden age of hockey. At least from the sports side of it -- the business side was corrupt as hell and it's easy to believe it still is.