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Re: NHL: Brooklyn would be hard for Islanders fans
Posted by Scrabbleship on Sun Apr 22 21:51:31 2012, in response to Re: NHL: Brooklyn would be hard for Islanders fans, posted by Easy on Sun Apr 22 14:06:31 2012.A willing owner with a hand in Quebecois media and guaranteed profits from Day One, especially since Winnipeg proved that Canadians in small markets will pay top dollar for the NHL.
This, however, is the only plus with Quebec City. The downsides are much bigger.
* Moving a second US team to a small Canadian market might give the NHL a black eye in the US. Remember, Winnipeg only got a second try because their owners DEMANDED a team.
* Aligning Quebec City, especially with the upcoming CBA, would be a pain. There is no viable way to put a team there in the current alignment without pissing several key teams off.
* As it is, the Alberta teams have issues getting key free agents and after the jingoistic celebration ends Winnipeg will be in the same boat. Quebec will have the same issue magnified further because...
* A city that is 98% Francophone (the majority of that unilingual) is going to have a hard time getting non-Francophone North American players to play. The original Nordiques had this problem, remember the Eric Lindros debacle?
* In this day and age, would it be smart to have a team near-invisible from the media of the league's main language?
* Though the odds of this happening are very low, what if the Loonie goes below near-par again? The smaller Canadian franchises would be at risk again and Quebec would be at risk again.
Moving someone to Quebec City would only hurt the NHL in the long run. Heck, back in the WHA days people had doubts about the Nordiques being viable.
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