Toronto Two-Step

In recent days there have been rumors circulating that the NHL is considering expanding the league to include a second team in Toronto. Now, the Maple Leafs (and by the way, great point by Morgen the other day, why aren’t they the Maple Leaves?) have been in Toronto since 1917 and are an original club in the National Hockey League. No problem with adding a second team to an historic city (see the New York Jets, LA Clippers or New York Mets) but doesn’t it seem like there are some cities more deserving of having a team than giving Toronto a second one? Namely:

Quebec lost the Nordiques after twenty-three years when they became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995.
Winnipeg lost the Jets after twenty-four years when they became the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996.
Hartford lost the Whalers after after twenty-five years when they became the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997.

Each of those three cities deserve to have a team returned to them, with Hartford leading that list, in my opinion. Thankfully Minneapolis was returned a team in the form of the expansion Wild in 2000 after having lost the North Stars to Dallas in 1993 after twenty-six years.

The other point worth noting is that the NHL probably isn’t really in an expanding situation anyway. Check out Trey’s (lengthy) breakdown of how the league could use contraction and relegation to make the game better.


3 Responses to Toronto Two-Step

  1. Trey says:

    I’d like to point out that I wrote that thing about Hockey before I figured out how to make posts concise. So it is wildly long (but pretty good I think). But not as long as the one about how I want a 3 year rule for college basketball. So if anyone reads, that I’d like to congragulate you for being extremely patient.

    In short, hockey is the worst run sports league. Why would you pull fans away from the Leafs? Don’t divide the one city that will always support its team even though the Leafs currently stink. However, I guess this is less aggregious if they just move a team that lacks local support to Toronto. So if the Nashville Predators are sent to be a second team in Toronto I suppose that wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

  2. mao says:

    Haha, no criticism on the post, I thought it was interesting.

    And yeah, it’s about as badly run as it could be, the NHL. There are individual teams in other sports that are run much more poorly but for a whole league, they haven’t done too well over the past five to ten years. I think they really need to contract some of the teams so that a) the talent level rises for each team and b) so that there aren’t teams in inviable locations (Nashville, Atlanta, etc).

    But at the very least, they should be expanding again.

  3. Trey says:

    Yeah, my girlfriend actually complained out my long posts back when we first started. Writing for a newspaper that only gives you 350 words has helped a lot. So now things are readable.

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