Don't Get Your Hopes Up!!!

So Mayor Eddie Perez had a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman yesterday.  Perez may have this dream of bringing the Whale back to CT, but there is NO WAY this is happening.  The NHL needs to contract teams from weak markets, not add more.  It would be an awful idea to try and revive, lets face it, a cult franchise.  There is no way Hartford could support a, and I us this term loosely, a major sports franchise.  It would be a colossal waste of money to build a new arena and a even bigger waste of cash to pay the NHL the ridiculous high priced franchise fee. 

I loved the Whalers. 

 Brass Bonanza is a fantastic song. 

I think that the logo is one of the better ones in sportsCT had it’s chance and we failed. 

The only way for this to happen is this: 

Are we a better market then Miami, Tampa, Phoenix, Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, and Raleigh?  Maybe.  Those teams need to go.  Hockey can’t survive like this.  Put all the teams in the north and in Canada.  If, and it is a big if, the NHL contracts those seven teams(maybe even Anaheim, LA, and San Jose but those are pretty good franchises), then re-configure the league, then and only then can Hartford be a candidate for a team.

It could happen if the league holds a dispersal draft between the remaining 24 teams(this includes Hartford) to divvy up the remaining players.  The league would be more competitive. 

Shorten the season.  Playing hockey in June is just dumb.  Go from October to March with the playoffs in April.

Set the Eastern Conference with Boston, Montreal, Buffalo, Toronto, Ottawa, and the new Hartford team in one division.  NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Philly, Pitt, and DC in the other division. 

The West would have Detroit, Chicago, Columbus,  St. Louis, Minnesota, and Colorado in one division.  Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, San Jose, LA, and Anaheim in the other. 

These keep rivalries together and could make for a shorter, more intense play-off system.  Would weed out the fringe players leaving only the best in the league and in theory, this should not affect salaries because you have the strongest markets left.  But, this is all in theory.  I don’t think the NHL as the leadership like the other three major leagues to get this done.

So hockey in Hartford, keep dreaming Perez.

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2 Responses to “Don't Get Your Hopes Up!!!”

  1. I was on Yahoo and found your blog. Read a few of your other posts. Good work. I am looking forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Tom Stanley

    • Thanks Tom, it’s always nice to hear that I have new readers out there. Hope you continue to enjoy it in the future

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