Saturday, January 29, 2005

Expansion is the devil

There's a post on sportsjournalists.com that sums up my thoughts on the whole mid-90s expansion debacle:
If the NHL had put its energies into solidifying its existing franchises in strong hockey markets (Isles, Buffalo, Pens, for that matter Hartford, Quebec and Winnepeg, too), instead of trying to force-feed hockey into markets (Phoenix, Anaheim, Miami, Tampa Bay), which will never support a team unless it's a Stanley Cup winner, they would't have most of these problems now.
This is a regional, niche sport, and if the league can downsize salaries and aim to strengthen the regions that do like the sport, it can prosper.

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