Sunday, March 30, 2014

NHL isn't shedding tears for struggling Canadian teams

From where I sit it looks like the NHL is getting exactly what it wants...

No, I'm not trying to start a conspiracy here, but there are seven healthy teams in Canada, and only one of them is making the playoffs. Montreal will be in the post-season and that's it. Despite terrible teams Edmonton and Calgary continue to have robust crowds on a nightly basis. Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver have all plunged down the standings this season, but still have great fan support. Winnipeg is still madly in love with the Jets and sell-outs can be expected for the next 20 years in Manitoba. Even if Montreal is eliminated in the first round Canadians will still tune in to watch the Stanley Cup. It's almost perfect. Even better for the league is the prospect of both Phoenix and Columbus making the playoffs allowing struggling markets to (hopefully) gain new support. There's no way the NHL has the ability to create a situation like this, or any other, without someone finding out. It's simply too big an organization and too complicated a conspiracy to pull off. But they sure aren’t complaining about it.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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