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#81 thefiestygoat

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:18 PM

http://www.king5.com...-235180081.html

 

 

Last week, NHL great Jeremy Roenick was in Seattle, kicking the tires on a potential expansion franchise. A source close to the discussions claims Roenick wants to be a “front man” for any team, and there may be as many as three groups working to bring an NHL team to Seattle. 

 
One part owner, and familiar face in Seattle, has heard the rumblings.
 
“I believe the NHL will work very, very well in Seattle,” said Tod Leiweke, the former Seahawks, Sounders, and Portland Trailblazers CEO. He’s now running the day-to-day operations of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, and is a minority investor in the franchise. He sat in on the meeting this afternoon.
 
“Hockey will work in Seattle,” he says bluntly after the meeting wrapped up at the hotel Monday. He says the league has taken notice of the fan support for the Seahawks, and Sounders in particular, and that it could be a selling point for any expansion franchise.

 

 

I think there is something to the Quebec report. The likely owner for the franchise, Pierre Karl Peladeau, mentioned the other day that he has had talks with the NHL and with the new arena already being built, it just makes too much sense.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 05:34 PM

David Pagnotta ‏@TheFourthPeriod:
A deal is far from done, but return of the Nordiques is going to happen. Just a matter of when. Quebecor's goal is obviously 2015-16 season

 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:57 PM


I see Seattle and Quebec as locks. I also believe another team out West is highly probable. I see the Florida Panthers folding.

A longshot is Bettman goes super agressive and adds another Ontario team along with say KC.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:45 PM

I'm excited for new branding and such. It'd be awesome if the Nordiques could use their old stuff, but I'm sure Colorado owns it, or something. Any potential Seattle names to throw out there?


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:18 PM

I'm excited for new branding and such. It'd be awesome if the Nordiques could use their old stuff, but I'm sure Colorado owns it, or something. Any potential Seattle names to throw out there?

 

The old Nordiques logo is terrible imo.  It's a terrible looking "N" and a terrible looking igloo.  But the colors and jerseys were pretty sweet.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:26 PM

I see Seattle and Quebec as locks. I also believe another team out West is highly probable. I see the Florida Panthers folding.

A longshot is Bettman goes super agressive and adds another Ontario team along with say KC.

The Panthers won't fold. It 'aint good down there, but it 'aint THAT bad either. When was the last time a franchise outright folded? The California Seals?


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:30 PM

I have to admit that after seeing how passionate the Nordique fans have been with going to games all over and campaigning for the team to come back...they deserve it.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:31 PM

Is there enough talent for new expansion. As long as the KHL is a viable alternative, the NHL would be stretching it to disburse talent to a few more teams.

 

I guess with expansion it also gives more opportunities for KHL players to get back to the NHL.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:37 PM

Is there enough talent for new expansion. As long as the KHL is a viable alternative, the NHL would be stretching it to disburse talent to a few more teams.

I guess with expansion it also gives more opportunities for KHL players to get back to the NHL.

To piggy-back on that, would there be an expansion draft? I'm guessing there would be. Its been a long time since we had one of those.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 11:11 PM

I'm excited for new branding and such. It'd be awesome if the Nordiques could use their old stuff, but I'm sure Colorado owns it, or something. Any potential Seattle names to throw out there?

I hope the Nordiques name and logo comes back. Sonics Rising which has been covering the NHL to Seattle news had this post on potential names.

 

The old Nordiques logo is terrible imo.  It's a terrible looking "N" and a terrible looking igloo.  But the colors and jerseys were pretty sweet.

To each their own I guess, I always thought the Nordiques logo was one of the best ever. The stylized N was a lot better than the Wolf logo they would've had if they had stayed in Quebec.

 

Is there enough talent for new expansion. As long as the KHL is a viable alternative, the NHL would be stretching it to disburse talent to a few more teams.

 

I guess with expansion it also gives more opportunities for KHL players to get back to the NHL.

Probably not but I suppose the insane amount of $$$ in expansion fees is too good for the league to pass up.


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 01:22 AM

The Panthers won't fold. It 'aint good down there, but it 'aint THAT bad either. When was the last time a franchise outright folded? The California Seals?

 

The Panthers have an ironclad lease.  They also just got new ownership, and it appears like us they have money to spend.  That's been their biggest problem is that they could never spend to the cap.  Contrary to popular belief, they haven't been a horrible franchise.  Personally I think their past 20 years have been better than the Islanders past 20 years despite the Isles making the playoffs more.  The Panthers have actually been an 80- 90 point team for almost their entire history.

 

To answer your question I do believe it was the Seals.

 

Is there enough talent for new expansion. As long as the KHL is a viable alternative, the NHL would be stretching it to disburse talent to a few more teams.

 

I guess with expansion it also gives more opportunities for KHL players to get back to the NHL.

 

There's plenty of talent to have 2 more teams in the league.  There's a lot of NHL caliber talent not playing in the NHL.  I think it's only a myth that more teams would dilute the talent pool.  You can easily make two 23 man rosters of players good enough to be in the NHL who aren't currently playing in the NHL.  Of course, a lot of those players simply choose not to play in the NHL.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:43 AM

I see Seattle and Quebec as locks. I also believe another team out West is highly probable. I see the Florida Panthers folding.

A longshot is Bettman goes super agressive and adds another Ontario team along with say KC.

 

I'm not disagreeing or anything, but why would the Panthers fold when they could be sold and/or move?  I can't think of a major sports league team folding since the Barons 3 1/2 decades ago.  I think if the NHL allowed this they'd appear completely bush league again.  Franchises may have troubles and they may need to move, but outright "going out of business" just doesn't seem like an option any longer for the big four leagues.  Now other leagues are a completely different matter.  OTOH, maybe something has been said that I'm not aware of. 

 

In any event, I would love to see teams in Seattle and Quebec.  I think most sports fans fail to truly appreciate just how far back the roots of hockey go for Seattle.  It has been amazing that they've not gotten a team until this point.  And Quebec not having a team is just not right.  It's like not having funnel cake at the short or something.  Ya just can't have that....


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