Minnesota had such a cool nickname; the Minnesota Northstars- the jerseys were original too
I always thought it was a crime to have taken the North Stars away from Minnesota. The league got greedy, as usual, and sought to "expand" its influence.
Outside of California, I find it laughable when the NHL has tried to instate Hockey in "warm weather" cities. Florida should have NO Teams. They do well when they are in the Conference and Cup Finals, but are usually empty arenas during the regular season. Additionally, most of the fans are Northern Transplants anyway.
It is good to see Minnesota got a team back. Although "The Wild" does not have the same ring as Northstars.
Now Atlanta is funny. They had the Flames which moved to Calgary. They had the Thrashers (Horrible Name) which moved to Winnipeg to become the "replacement" Jets, who should have never moved from there. Although, I have always been a fringe Coyotes fan. I have the original Jersey, as I have mentioned.
Oh, there is a strong history of strange moves. Did you know, for instance, the New Jersey Devils were the Colorado Rockies. Granted, some of the "moves" were actually transitions when the NHL absorbed the original AHL and other competing leagues.
I still think Hartford moving to Carolina was a crime as well. I know this won't happen, but I have always though an NHL team could do well in Seattle. It would make an interesting Rivalry between them and Vancouver.
Then you have the Colorado Avalanche. Why a team should be taken from Quebec, is beyond me. Also, the "fans" there thought they were all high and mighty for a while. It is pretty easy to be cockey, when a team already built for the Cup Finals just happens to fall in your lap. I hate the Avalanche, and never like the Nordiques either.
Teams that should not be, in my opinion, are the following:
Tampa (Bay) Lightning
San Jose Sharks
Coyotes (Despite that I like them)
I know they do fairly well in California, but I can think of a number of other Cities/States/Regions that would be more deserving of an NHL Team. Granted, the league is looking for revenue, and not fan base. Still, I think if a team moved to a Hockey Heavy City, the numbers would be there.
I think Hartford should get their team back. Just this time, lets have the arena separate from the mall.
Can anyone think of some Cities/States/Regions, even Provinces that should have an NHL team, in lieu of the ones I listed above. The league definitely does not need to ADD more teams, but I think some should be moved.
My list would include, but is not limited to:
Michigan U.P. (Say Yah to da UP eh?)
North Dakota (That one is harder, just because of the sparsely populated areas)
The Blue Jackets are not bad but it seems like Ohio, even though it is a Northern State, is more dominated by Football. For obvious reasons, football is more important to Ohio residents than Hockey. So I might even entertain the thought of moving the Blue Jackets.
Winnipeg at Boston 12:30 p.m. Today.
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After last night, I am soooooo glad Hockey is back on. Patriots CHOKED!
I'm @ work watching......between jobs..... 1-1 right now!