pazquale said: I believe with the new realignment, they should put two teams on the west to at least balance it out with the east
I don’t think they SHOULD, I think they WILL. Based on my interpretation of the new realignment, they’re planning to expand into Seattle and some Midwestern city (probably KC), and they want to move Florida to Quebec (more likely franchise to move and higher priority city to move to) and Tampa Bay to Toronto (less likely and lower priority).
foogos answered: The NHL should be afraid of unproven hockey markets. I’d put money on any of the top 4, nothing on the rest & more love for Hartford..
I’d love to have the Whalers back, but I really don’t see it happening. And I might put money on KC, while I’m not sold on it, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised.
To both: Phoenix is a wild card, though. If the NHL expands to Seattle before Phoenix moves there, the Coyotes are kinda stuck. A move to anywhere other than the west coast would require more realignment, which means Portland or chaos for the NHL. (Well, Vegas, maybe. But probably not.) If the Coyotes move to Seattle before the NHL expands there, then, well, either A.) Portland or Vegas gets the new team needed to fill out the Pacific division B.) no expansion at all, the NHL operates with mismatched conferences or C.) another round of realignment.
In other words, the NHL really wants Phoenix to stay in Phoenix. (As if all the blocked moves and stuff weren’t enough evidence…)