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Hope the Canes stay, the fans were awesome when they made their Cup run a decade ago. Someone like the Panthers or Coyotes would be much better off moving instead.
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(07-13-2017 09:04 PM)Love and Honor Wrote:  Hope the Canes stay, the fans were awesome when they made their Cup run a decade ago. Someone like the Panthers or Coyotes would be much better off moving instead.

Maybe we can get one of those teams to move to the Houston market. I would love to see the NHL in the H-Town!!!04-cheers
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(07-18-2017 12:34 PM)HoustonCougarNation Wrote:  
(07-13-2017 09:04 PM)Love and Honor Wrote:  Hope the Canes stay, the fans were awesome when they made their Cup run a decade ago. Someone like the Panthers or Coyotes would be much better off moving instead.

Maybe we can get one of those teams to move to the Houston market. I would love to see the NHL in the H-Town!!!04-cheers

It seems to me like the NHL's southern expansion has only worked really well when the city has no NBA team to compete with, has a good arena location, and wins a fair amount. The Lightning and Preds have done a great job in all three which is why you don't see any relocation rumors around them (I'd argue that the Bolts are more popular than the Rays here in Tampa). The Coyotes and Panthers have done the exact opposite (and the Thrashers when they were around), hence their instability. Canes have potential as an organization, but are badly managed. Stars have been fine but their ceiling is limited in a crowded Dallas market, and I think a Houston team would have the same problem.

But if I'm the NHL, I look to Austin if I want to go south. It's the fastest-growing metro area in the US with a young, wealthy population and no pro sports competition; UT football will coincide a bit, but not the second half of the season. Right now I think they can only support one franchise but none of the other big three leagues will touch the market (NBA due to Spurs, NFL due to UT and Cowboys, MLB since it's still too small), so they have to beat out the MLS. But the NHL seems to be trending north, I'd expect Quebec, Kansas City, or Seattle to get teams instead.
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