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    Bettman says he won't contract. I think he's missing the biggest part of the NHL's financial problems. Overexpansion into not only nontraditional, but clearly nonsupportive NHL markets.

    I'm neutral in the matter. I think the players are overpaid, the Owners are greedy and Bettman is a flippin a**hole.

    I hereby present my contraction list.


    1. Florida
    2. Carolina (Although I would allow a move back to Hartford)
    3. Atlanta
    4. Columbus
    5. Phoenix (I would allow a move back to Winnipeg)
    6. Anaheim - A DISGRACE
    7. Nashville
    8. San Jose

    Would bring the NHL from 30 to 22 teams. Move Carolina and Phoenix back and the NHL keeps 24 teams.

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    Originally posted by The Gun Of Bavaria@Dec 29 2004, 11:55 PM
    Bettman says he won't contract. I think he's missing the biggest part of the NHL's financial problems. Overexpansion into not only nontraditional, but clearly nonsupportive NHL markets.

    I'm neutral in the matter. I think the players are overpaid, the Owners are greedy and Bettman is a flippin a**hole.

    I hereby present my contraction list.


    1. Florida
    2. Carolina (Although I would allow a move back to Hartford)
    3. Atlanta
    4. Columbus
    5. Phoenix (I would allow a move back to Winnipeg)
    6. Anaheim - A DISGRACE
    7. Nashville
    8. San Jose

    Would bring the NHL from 30 to 22 teams. Move Carolina and Phoenix back and the NHL keeps 24 teams.
    looks good but they should probably contract Bettman's ass too.

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    I would leave San Jose but contract TB as well. I know its a bad PR move, being they have the cup, but Fla is not ready for NHL.

    While were at it how about contracting the Flyers--just because.

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    Carolina--As a rapid Whalers fan, this would make my day.

    Anaheim--Demographically, 2 teams in LA is just insane. It may've been OK in 1993, when this team started, but too much has changed for 2 teams to do well.


    Honestly, I'd start small and whack these 2 first....Other might follow, though.

    P.S: You could substitute the Kings for the Ducks...

    NHL is bad shape...so more than 2 may fall.

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    Add Pittsburgh and Buffalo and keep San Jose and Nashville.

    Having Anaheim and LA is a total joke. Make a choice-one might make it, not both.

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    Carolina
    Phoenix
    Anaheim are the three first teams that i would contract
    To take teams out of Connecticut and put in Carolina and Winnipeg and put in Phoenix has to be the two stupidest moves Hockey governors made.
    In Anaheim hockey is about the last thing someone unless they relocated from East Coast would care about.

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    Minnesota - Would have to move a team back there... probably Tampa Bay
    Anaheim - Two in the LA market is too many. It doesn't work for basketball, doesn't work for hockey.
    Phoenix - Gretzky owning be damned
    Columbus - Nothing good has ever come out of Columbus
    Carolina - Despite being owned by a Detroiter, hockey isn't good in the Carolina's
    Florida - They only have Luongo... and he's basically a sitting duck
    Washington - All they have is Ovechkin (pronounced Ovashin) and he was their first round, first overall, draft pick this past June.
    Pittsburgh - They're bankrupt.

    What I did was take the bottom 8 teams in the league, that weren't Original Six teams (so the Rangers were safe) and got rid of them. Then, there would be a draft with all their players, and there would be a draft lottery to see who picks where. Rosters would expand and the amount of jobs would drop, but not totally. They expanded too fast and the talent pool was diluted. And with this boring brand of hockey, the NHL isn't going to gain any new fans. Well, that is if they ever come back.

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    Survivors
    Boston - Can we contract the owner?
    Philadelphia
    Toronto
    Ottawa
    New Jersey
    Montreal
    Islanders
    Rangers
    Washington
    Florida or Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay
    Detroit
    San Jose
    Vancouver
    Colorado
    Dallas
    St. Louis
    Minnesota
    Los Angeles
    Pheonix
    Chicago

    Your Fired!!!
    Nashville
    Florida or Tampa Bay
    Edmonton
    Anaheim
    Calgary
    Columbus
    Atlanta
    Carolina
    Pittsburgh
    Buffalo

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    Keep Pittsburgh remove Florida.

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    Originally posted by Bugg@Dec 30 2004, 06:11 PM
    Add Pittsburgh and Buffalo and keep San Jose and Nashville.

    Having Anaheim and LA is a total joke. Make a choice-one might make it, not both.
    Buffalo has Tom Gulisano (sp??) as the new owner. He's loaded, and can afford to spend to keep the team there. They have been sucessful at the gate in the past. I would leave them.

    Pittsburgh has to go. #66 can only do so much for them.

    Otherwise, I agree with Guns' list, for the most part. I would cut it more, if possible. If they got down to 16 teams, It would be a solid league, from a financial poit, as well as an entertainment standpoint.,

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    Get rid of:

    California Golden Seals
    Cleveland Barons
    Kansas City Scouts


    Bring Back:

    Montreal Maroons

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    Originally posted by PFSIKH@Dec 31 2004, 07:10 PM
    Your Fired!!!
    Nashville
    Florida or Tampa Bay
    Edmonton
    Anaheim
    Calgary
    Columbus
    Atlanta
    Carolina
    Pittsburgh
    Buffalo
    C'mon man.
    I lived in Edmonton for 14 years before wising up and moving to the coast.

    The only things to do there are to shoot gophers in the summer and watch hockey in the winter.
    You're taking away half their fun.
    :lol:

    Seriously.
    The Alberta hockey fans are solid.
    Maybe they're not big market, but if run properly, they can do well.

    Doug S.

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