"The ECHL will not exist in five to ten years" -Avs fan blogger
Said in positive approval of the Avalanche bypassing the ECHL for a CHL AA team (Tulsa Oilers).
What do you think? Will the ECHL make it in the long-term?
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What? Hartford? Hamilton? Another new major league? Did they legalize marijuana in New York state?The AHL could lose three teams Hartford, Hamilton and Winnipeg either to the NHL or another new major league in my opinion depending on how Gary Bettman and the NHL owners play it.
You haven't been keeping up with the story, obviously. You're several months behind.The first domino falling is going to be the Phoenix Coyotes NHL in december the political leaders in Glendale have a deccission to make on the Phoenix Coyotes sale they can't survive with the cap the NHL has $59 million dollars in my opinion without town assistance $$$ wise. If the local political people say no to assistance then it looks like back to Winnipeg for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Crack is still plentiful and affordable in Buffalo, I guess.As a Buffalo Sabres fan where barely hanging on in the NHL and we actual draw fans and sellout regular it is over in Phoenix for the Coyotes in my opinion so your looking at Winnipeg back into the NHL.
Unlikely.Which leaves Phoenix open for some kind of hockey either new league that I will talk about later in my post or minor league hockey returning to Phoenix/Glendale maybe the Phoenix Roadrunners V again for the Glendale Arena just a thought.
Which is why they've had major league hockey all these years. Oh, wait...You might see a new league because Quebec City and Winnipeg are major league hockey markets in my opinion.
No frigging way. First off, that ain't major. Second off, starting a new major hockey league? Good luck.Where I see the shake up in the minor leagues is if Gary Bettman is stubburn and insists on Phoenix and Atlanta etc I could see a new major hockey league for cities like Quebec, Winnipeg and Hartford.
Whale, not Whalers. Unfortunate choice. I'm guessing Karmanos held firm.Because now you have Howard Baldwin involved in Hartford hockey again a former WHA/NHL owner of the New England Whalers/Hartford Whalers now with the Hartford Wolf Pack AHL soon to be renamed Connecticut Whalers
No, I'll say "You're on crack." Because you're on crack.That is half of the old WHA open wanting major professional hockey back. I know someone will post they may want it but there not big enough. Well all I have to say is canada is hockey in my opinion and they agree with me no matter how many people are in the sun belt they don't go to hockey games in enough numbers to survive long term in the NHL. I know someone like Sam Hill on here will say so what.
Okay, so you're only 3-5 short. Actually, you're 6-8 short, because you're just assuming stuff and it's not a certainty that Baldwin wants to go through starting a whole new league. Even if he did, you're several owners shy of a league.With Hartford, Winnipeg and Quebec City that is three of the old WHA markets in play for a potential new major hockey league all you need is 6 to 8 teams to start a new major hockey league in my opinion.
An arena built for basketball, one that is not as good for hockey as the building it replaced.Indianapolis that folded halfway thru the last WHA season Indianapolis Racers just has Indiana Pacers NBA in there arena,
If they were going to build a new arena, they'd have done it for the Sonics. They didn't.Seattle no major winter team in that market if a new arena can be built maybe there is a place for professional hockey team,
Of all of those cities you mentioned (most of which are "mights" in your mind), only Kansas City is a real possibility and they've swung and missed at everything, much to the chagrin of AEG, which promised to deliver a major anchor tenant for Sprint Center. Hasn't happened.Hamilton no major winter team in that market, Portland just has NBA in there arena, San Diego new arena has been talked about for years who knows same in Baltimore neither has winter major league teams, San Francisco new arena talked about for the Golden State Warriors NBA might a hockey team also join them, Brooklyn new arena going up for the New Jersey Nets if the New York Islanders don't move there they may be open to a hockey team joining them and Kansas City empty new arena no winter major league teams. Let's Go Buffalo