KC falls below Quebec on list of NHL suitors?
The latest report on Kansas City’s standing among cities clamoring for an NHL franchise isn’t good.
The Toronto Star cites an October 11 comment from deputy commissioner Bill Daly that gives good vibes to Canadian cities where the NHL once called home: “Both Winnipeg and Quebec have already done that (supported an NHL
team). We’ll see how things evolve. That doesn`t mean that Hamilton
won`t be considered. It will be.”
The Star cites sources close to the hockey league that say “the
six Canadian teams have become important for the NHL since the economic
crisis hit the U.S. … That has resulted in teams like the New York
Islanders, Tampa Bay
Lighting, Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and
Phoenix Coyotes all facing serious financial troubles.”
The good news: This is all speculation. The Star reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Daly wouldn’t officially rank the cities.
But you gotta think the poor attendance — under 10,000 — for the L.A. Kings-New York Islanders game didn’t help Kansas City’s standing.
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