Re: Why aren't the players pushing for relocation?
posted at 8/21/2012 12:40 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Why aren't the players pushing for relocation?
[QUOTE]Instead of relocation I would like to see some teams flat out contracted out of the league. Would be a win win get hockey out of markets where it will never be profetable for the team or league and each roster gets a little more talented since there are les nhl jobs. Contraction will never happen
but it would be nice to see some teams moved to hockey markets
Posted by bosbruins2011cup[/QUOTE]
The PA would do everything in its (limited) power to prevent this.
A major part of any union's mandate is to maximize the number of its members at any given point in time. Contraction would remove all the active roster spots and 'scratches' from the union ranks, and would also likely impact AHL spots.
I think the challenge here is to identify "hockey markets". We need to differentiate between a "hockey market" and an "NHL market". These are not synomous. Almost every city in Canada is a 'hockey market', which explains why every city has at least a junior team, if not a minor league team. But, how many of these cities can support an NHL franchise, with its requirements for top-notch facilities, a large corporate market to support purchase of suites, club seats and provide advertising and sponsorship revenue? How many of these cities have the economic base to support up to 16,000 season ticket holders paying premium prices? One may be able to argue the potential for two more franchises in Canada: Quebec City and perhaps one more in Southern Ontario, but beyond that, it becomes quite dicey.
In the U.S., there are certainly cities with the population and economic potential to become homes for NHL franchises, but are they actually "NHL markets"? I think the case can be made for Seattle (once they deal with their facility issue), but I'd be hard pressed to think of another strong candidate. Kansas City? Yes on the facility, but I don't know enough about the 'hockey culture' there to have any sort of opinion on the market for season tickets or sponsorships. Milwaukee? Decent, though not state-of-the-art building, would appear to be a 'hockey market', but is it an NHL market?