Let’s pretend for a second that Balsillie does get to become the new owner of the Coyotes and as such he gets to moves them. Now what?
- Exactly WHERE is he going to put the team? “Southern Ontario” covers a lot of area. Hamilton and Kitchner have been named by various people as potential places, but I haven’t heard the guy who wants to buy the team actually say “this is where we’re putting the team if we move it”. Does he actually have a specific city in mind?
- If he puts it within a certain distance of another NHL, I believe he will have to pay money to Maple Leafs and/or Sabres. How much money is that going to eat up? Is that going to hurt the franchise?
- If he puts it in Hamilton, what will become of the Hamilton Bulldogs? Yes, I have a vested interest in my Baby Habs. I really don’t think Hamilton can support both the Bulldogs AND this hypothetical NHL team. What is going to happen to my Hammies?
- Of course putting another team in Ontario seriously messes with the divisions. How is that going to work exactly unless we ship the Islanders or the Thrashers off somewhere else?
- Exactly what makes Balsillie think that Southern Ontario needs an NHL team anyway? He says there is an unserved market there. Looking at a map, I see Toronto, Detroit and Buffalo all nearby. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t see an unserved market there.
- Is this whole Gretzky thing going to be a major sticking point at some time? I seem to be the only person who doesn’t think that he should be coaching but apparently someone decided that he is the face of the Coyotes. Will this be a problem in the move? Are we going to be stuck with a lousy coach because he’s so heavily involved in the franchise in Phoenix?
Which brings me to a slightly off topic question:
Do we really need 30 teams in the league? Would the league be better off with less but more talented teams set in markets that can support them?