Jonathan McLeod

Jonathan McLeod is a writer living in Ottawa, Ontario. (That means Canada.) He spends too much time following local politics and writing about zoning issues. Follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Chris says:

    I thought they were crazy to put an NHL team in Nashville, especially after the minor league team there failed so hard in the 80s (go South Stars!), but after having attended a couple Predators games, I know I was very wrong.

    Then again, Nashville doesn’t have legal gambling.Report

  2. Avatar gregiank says:

    Given the history of the NHL i’m surprised they aren’t looking to put a team in Puerto Rico or Hawaii.Report

  3. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Wait, doesn’t Quebec already have a… Oh, that’s right. They don’t. They have to sort of glom on to the Habs.

    Well, WTH. Quebec absolutely should have its own franchise. Winnipeg has one, and it’s a smaller city and a smaller metro area.Report

    • Avatar gregiank says:

      Quebec should have a franchise, which is exactly why it doesn’t. That is how the NHL works.Report

    • Avatar KatherineMW says:

      Québec should absolutely have one, but Winnipeg fought hard to get their team back and they strongly deserve it. And unlike Québec, which is a few hours from Montréal, there are no other Canadian hockey teams within a reasonable day’s drive of Winnipeg.Report

  4. Avatar KatherineMW says:

    Québec, definitely. Another team in southern Ontario would also be a good choice – there’s enough population there that it wouldn’t significantly detract from Leafs seat sales. Seattle’s not a bad option either. Vegas is a terrible one.

    I oppose the teams from the southern US, non-mountain-states on principle. Hockey is a sport for cold places. Florida doesn’t need two teams. Florida doesn’t need any teams. Los Angeles? Texas? For goodness’ sake.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      Are the teams in Florida successful, in terms of fans attending and buying merchandise? I know the Dallas team has a pretty loyal fan base, though I don’t know how large it is.

      In Nashville, Preds jerseys are everywhere.Report