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PostPosted: 06/24/15 9:33 pm    ::: NHL expansion coming Reply Reply with quote

An announcement is expected by the 2017-18 season with Las Vegas, Seattle & Quebec City as the frontrunners.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/13144644/nhl-expansion-announcement-was-momentous-moment-nhl



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PostPosted: 06/25/15 12:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Seattle and Quebec City used to have hockey teams --- the Seattle Metropolitans was with the old PCHL --- but, IMHO, the NHL has too many teams (30) as it is.

Even more bizarre is...why Vegas? Did the NHL not learn after the Phoenix Coyote's troubles?



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PostPosted: 06/26/15 4:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Yeah, 30 should be the max for the NHL. But these expansion fees are crazy and that's what the league sees - $$$$$$. Realistically, the Coyotes should move to Las Vegas, the Florida Panthers to Quebec City & put Seattle on the back burner for now. Seattle would need a new arena anyway for an NHL team, which is likely 4-5 years away if it passes.



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PostPosted: 07/20/15 7:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Seattle's out.

http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/07/17/seattle-nhl-team-owner-wont-submit-expansion-bid

Quebec City considered a frontrunner, submits bid:

http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/07/20/nhl-expansion-quebec-city-quebecor?xid=si_social

Las Vegas & Milwaukee are still in the running. Houston & Kansas City's potential groups have dropped out.



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PostPosted: 07/27/15 10:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

where to put Quebec City??

http://www.si.com/nhl/2015/07/27/nhl-expansion-teams-quebec-city-las-vegas-conference-alignment

a possible all-Canadian division could possibly happen.
Canadian Division:
Vancouver
Edmonton
Winnipeg
Calgary
Toronto
Montreal
Ottawa
Quebec City

Western Division:
San Jose
Anaheim
Los Angeles
Phoenix
Las Vegas
Dallas
Colorado
Minnesota

Central Division:
St. Louis
Chicago
Nashville
Columbus
Detroit
Buffalo
Tampa Bay
Florida

North Division:
Boston
New York Rangers
Brooklyn Islanders
New Jersey
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh
Washington
Carolina



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PostPosted: 07/27/15 10:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

there's also talk of the NHL abandoning the current8 team divisions and separating everyone into 8 divisions of 4 teams each. The problem with this is it forces either Detroit or Columbus into the Western conference:

Western Conference:
Canada West: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Central: Chicago, Columbus, St. Louis, Nashville
Pacific: Anaheim, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Jose
Southwest: Arizona, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota

Eastern Conference:
Canada East: Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto
Atlantic: New Jersey, Philadelphia, NY Islanders, NY Rangers
North: Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Detroit
Southeast: Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay, Washington



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PostPosted: 06/14/16 12:18 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Las Vegas granted expansion team. Cost: $500 million. And I doubt Quebec won't get in either as giving Las Vegas a team would bring the league up to 31 teams.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/16203078/nhl-settles-las-vegas-quebec-city-expansion



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PostPosted: 06/15/16 7:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

toad455 wrote:
Las Vegas granted expansion team. Cost: $500 million. And I doubt Quebec won't get in either as giving Las Vegas a team would bring the league up to 31 teams.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/16203078/nhl-settles-las-vegas-quebec-city-expansion


One of the potential owners of the Las Vegas NHL franchise is a familiar name to Sacramento NBA and WNBA fans... Rolling Eyes

http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article83930702.html



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PostPosted: 06/22/16 5:02 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Las Vegas officially in, will start in 2017-18 season and be in the Pacific Division. West now has 15 teams, East has 16. I expect the 32nd to come soon and fill in the Central. I'm SO hoping Houston gets #32 but I'm not holding my breath...Les Alexander hasn't shown much interest since he got matched and lost the Edmonton Oilers.


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PostPosted: 06/22/16 6:03 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

You have to wonder if they're still looking at Seattle. The Seattle group dropped out of this expansion bidding process. Quebec may be on the back burner in case a team needs to relocate. The city is more ready than Las Vegas.



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PostPosted: 06/22/16 7:35 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Not officially stated by the NHL, but reports are saying a 32nd team will be arriving shortly as well. I imagine Quebec could be one of them, but the league specifically wants another Western team so Detroit doesn't have to move West.



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PostPosted: 11/16/16 10:07 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So Seattle as the 32nd team & Quebec City gets a relocation team? Carolina? Florida?

Western Conference:
Canada West: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Central: Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit, St. Louis
Pacific: Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle
Southwest: Arizona, Colorado, Dallas, Las Vegas

Eastern Conference:
Canada East: Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto
Atlantic: New Jersey, Boston, NY Islanders, NY Rangers
North: Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Columbus
Southeast: Carolina, Tampa Bay, Washington, Nashville



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