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Yahoo Man asked in SportsHockey · 1 decade ago

In the NHL, should the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers move to U.S. cities?

The Ottawa Senators are in the Stanley Cup Finals right now, so leave them there. Also, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadians can stay as well.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Why? They've recovered well after the lock-out with the salary cap. There's no reason for them to move.

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  • 1 decade ago

    no, the NHL has re-structured the CBA to make it more possible for small market teams to succeed in the NHL and be competitive. calgary is 2 seasons removed from a stanley cup game 7 and edmonton is 1 year removed from the same feat. Western Canada deserves teams to root for, especially ones with the tradition that Edmonton and Calgary have. Western Canada would care far more about a team than a place like Kansas City or whichever mid-market city you can fill.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks have been competitve, as for the Oilers, they are just not exciting as they used to be in the dynasty years. If the management wants to be more competitive change the uniform color and trademark logo and draft some exciting young players. I would be surprised if the junior Oil Kings have a better winning percentage than the Oilers in the 2007/2008 season.

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  • 1 decade ago

    All of those teams draw good support, so no. The Oilers and Flames did have a couple of down years in the late 90s/early 00s, but they've turned that back around. If anything, the NHL should fold a couple of struggling franchises, or maybe reorganize the sport along the lines of European soccer, where there'd be a top division and a second division.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, they actually draw crowds, and all three have made the playoffs in the past two seasons (Edmonton is just one year removed from the Finals). If teams are going to move, it would be to Canada (Hamilton, Quebec, Winnipeg). Teams in the US aren't garnering the crowds that the Canadian teams do, it's a sellout every night regardless of how good the team is. If anything, Canada should be given the franchises in Columbus, Florida, and Phoenix to increase league revenues and give the league better publicity to places that will actually watch hockey.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Don't stop at those three teams, move all six teams out of Canada and take one more step towards completely killing the game. The three cities you name have some of the most passionate fans in the league and you want to take hockey away from them? Maybe we could move them to Bermuda or Mexico, how about Central America even? The Managua Maple Leafs has a nice ring to it.

    If they were to move those three teams, you might actually see Canada declare war on the United States.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Why take 3 franchises that are doing well in a country where hockey is more popular and move them to the us? that doesn't make much sense to me

    1.CALGARY- playoffs this year, went to stanley cup i think it was 3 years ago. great rivarly with edmonton

    2. VANCOUVER- drastically improved with Luongo. they r only getting better

    3. EDMONTON- why why why why why would we move them? they have a great rivalry with calgary. they from 8th seeded team to game 7 of the stanley cup finals last year

    moving any of these teams would not make any sense. if anyone moves, it's an american team, like the Flordia Panters, moving to Canada.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No. Hockey is well appreciated in those cities. Canada IS hockey. It's like stealing candy from a baby. It's not right. The not so hockey enthused U.S. cities should be mimicking the hockey enthusiasm of these awesome hockey cities you have mentioned. These cities set a good example. It's also great to see all of the Canadian teams bonding together to root for Ottawa. I think it's noble. Hopefully, the U.S. will be able to act the same in the future.

    Source(s): My Brain
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  • 1 decade ago

    Hockey is thousands of times more popular in Canada than the U.S. Did you know that in North America, hockey television audiences outdraw NBA basketball audiences, even though Canada has just 10% of the population. It's because hockey is such a huge TV draw in Canada. In Ottawa this week, more than 20,000 people watched the games on screens OUTSIDE the arena. There were also three other designated areas in the city where thousands more watched on screens.

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  • KJ
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The USA can not even support the team it has. They can not even fill the Stanley cup final games. You are a little crazy and must love the "new NHL".

    If any thing they hockey country of the word deserves more teams and they should be removed from the states.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, no, and no. Move the Phoenix Coyotes back to Winnipeg, where they have a new arena, and turn them back into the Jets. (Punish 99 for betraying his fellow players in the lockout.) Move the Florida Panthers to Quebec City, where they just renovated Le Colisee and are talking about a new arena, and make them the new Nordiques. Move the Carolina Hurricanes back to Hartford, where they're talking about a new arena next to the UConn football stadium, and turn them back into the Whalers. They actually won a Cup in Carolina, and still nobody cares until Playoff time.

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