That’s irrelevant. For some reason some people think that only Western teams should face travel hardship. Toronto this year, for example, has roughly a 6 week period where they don’t play outside of Southern Ontario and are in the midst of that now. Some worry that it is unfair that Eastern teams play 3 hours later on the west coast, yet aren’t concerned that BC plays 3 hours earlier when playing in the East.
That excuse is just poppycock and is brought forward solely to protect the unfair advantage the East teams have already. I for one don’t buy the turn into a pumpkin theory when playing past 10 pm or traveling more than 1,000 miles, applicable only to East teams I might add.
Ahh, gotcha. We were envisioning the same thing, just calling it different names. You're correct that under a united league, there'd be quarterfinals and semi-finals and the Cup. I was still thinking semis, finals, and the Cup.
As long as there are however many games a season for them to show on TV (81?), I fail to see why TSN should have any say in who's playing whom in a given game or how the league decides to split the teams up.
A 2nd NHL team in Toronto and Montreal are worth far more than half the southern US franchises
Plus many smaller Canadian cities have arenas (unlike CFL with stadium issues) so expansion up north would print money for local economy
But those south of the border have no interest in watching Saskatoon vs Winnipeg in playoff matchups
They are so desperate to not relocate Arizona they play in front of 5,000 fans now lol
I could put 20 new teams up here who could easily draw 5,000 to a game (forget big cities like Hamilton, we could put teams in the Maritimes, northern BC, even the Territories to draw that. And think of all the Uni cities)
To put this in perspective; even on their darkest days, the ARGOS draw more than 5,000 per game
Maybe I'm being pedantic. Yes. Gary Bettman is thinking about how to market the game and maximize profits. No he didn't go to NBC management hat in hand and ask for permission to expand the way folks imply that CFL would have to with TSN to change anything. Subtle difference maybe.
Gary "Slick" Bettman & the NHL treats Canada like a pet tarantula. Lots of bite but a pet nevertheless. A Saskatoon/Regina/SK NHL team would average 12,000 to 14,000, even in despotic winter conditions. A Hamilton twin Southern Ontario franchise would yield 14,000 to 16,500 per game. Quebec City - maybe 15,000 for a winning team, 10,000 to 11,500 for a loser.
Halifax - 12,000 guarnteed per game
Little Brandon, MB, expand the Keystone Arena from 6,000 to 11,000 and you'd have 10,000+ roarin' fans every outing. Little tough for NHL to land planes though in their tiny airport.