Friday, June 08, 2007

Rink needed in Vegas

An arena needs to arrive in Las Vegas before a team does, though, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Thursday.

"In order for the NHL to ever have a franchise in Las Vegas, they'd have to build a new state-of-the-art arena in Las Vegas. We're talking a couple years away, minimum," said Daly, who confirmed Bruckheimer and others have been in discussions with the league for the past six months.

"We've actually talked to a lot of different individuals who have interest in a franchise in Las Vegas, and Jerry is one of them," Daly said. "This is not just about Las Vegas. There's been an expression of interest from a number of individuals and entities in a number of different markets, and we'll update the (league's) board (of governors) with those and try to chart a course on how to deal with those."
The Toronto Star's Rick Westhead calls Vegas a disastrous option for the NHL, but given we've already seen teams succeed in North Carolina, Texas and Florida, who's to say?

If the league's hellbent on going to 32 teams, they might as well jump into Sin City and see if a professional team takes hold. It'd certainly make for interesting storylines, and would put the NHL on the sports media map temporarily.

Worst-case scenario? A rich Canadian buys the team a few years down the road and moves them to Winnipeg.


At 1:52 p.m., June 08, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Reading between the lines, it now looks all but assured that the NHL will expand to 32 teams within the next 3-5 years.
2) Probably one team to Canada and one to a US market.
3) If all Vegas needs is an arena, that can be done in no time. Sin-city gets stuff built in no time if the $$ is there!

At 4:35 p.m., June 08, 2007, Blogger El Brucio said...

Remember when the CFL went to Vegas? Good times.

At 5:23 p.m., June 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can they bring back that guy that butchered the Canadian national anthem?

At 2:35 a.m., June 09, 2007, Blogger american oil said...

If I remembered correctly reading some article Nevada (or maybe Arizona) oddly enough has one of the strongest and largest youth hockey programs. So maybe.....having a NHL team out there is a good fan base.

At 10:32 p.m., June 11, 2007, Anonymous brad said...

american oil-
You're thinking of Arizona, which has produced a few NCAA Division 1 players. Nevada has no such track record.


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