Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The KC Penguins

Eric Duhatschek had a solid read today that says Kansas City is the front-runner for the Penguins should they be moved.

He makes an interesting comparison between that market and Denver, as both cities failed as NHL markets in the past, and says that success in Kansas City isn't so hard to imagine given the team the city could potentially inherit.

7 Comments:

At 2:51 PM, December 19, 2006, Blogger The Forechecker said...

I'd be wary of any analysis that's tied at all to the current or future prospects for a team's on-ice performance. Moving a team is (hopefully) a decades-long change, and the host city needs to be able to support the team whether they're loaded with potential like the Penguins, or loaded with %^&$! like St. Louis.

That said, KC may indeed make a fine NHL city. I just wouldn't tie it to the quality of the team that's moving.

 
At 11:54 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Chris DeGroat @ The Checking Line said...

It's unfortunate for Penguins fans that they have to read stuff like this... I know how much it irritated me to hear people suggest the Blues could move when they were for sale last season.... but, I am glad that Kansas City is getting some love. The arena they are building looks like it's going to be incredible and I'd much rather have an NHL team on the other side of Missouri than an NBA team.

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At 9:02 AM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cleveland should also get another crack at the NHL, and Oakland and any other city that wants a team way before Bettman and the small market mafia consider moving a team to that god-damned Canada.

 
At 9:13 AM, December 20, 2006, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

Teams that fail to support a professional sports franchise should never be allowed another shot at it. Kansas City did not support the Scouts when they had the chance; why should they be allowed the chance to luck into a developing franchise that may soon be winning Cups?

 
At 11:42 AM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Chris DeGroat @ The Checking Line said...

Does that logic hold true for Winnipeg and Quebec, or is it really another US market getting a team that bothers you?

 
At 2:53 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) the Pens are staying in Pittsburgh! However if a team is moved, they should move to Ontario.
2) How can one of the hot beds of hockey have only 2 teams? If the NY metro area has 3, why can't Toronto have 2? Anyone think that a team in Hamilton or in that vicinity would have trouble drawing?

 
At 7:11 AM, December 21, 2006, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

The NHL has had much better luck with second-chance sports cities, to be sure--Minnesota and Colorado have supported their teams nicely in their second attempt at hosting. But in general there is something that smacks of rewarding a city for past failures.

With that said, Kansas City is a good sports town, but they've lost both an NHL team and an NBA team in the past. That should rank as automatic disqualification.

 

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