Which franchise may be interested?
The question about who will play in the
Everyone seems to be asking, “Which NHL franchise is most likely to relocate to
When the question really should be,“Which franchise may be interested in relocating?”
If you ask the second question first, you need to know each franchise’s arena agreement to get the answer.
The Star, with their huge staff of reporters and editors and ability to request necessary documents, hasn’t yet asked that question. Perhaps the loss of Jeff Passan and Wright Thompson has left them too short staffed to pursue such stories.
They could. It would make for a very interesting story. I’ll even show you an outline for the story.
Steps I, II and III happen before ever interviewing AEG or NHL21.
a. KC is getting an arena
b. AEG says they can bring an NHL or NBA team, yada, yada
II. Professional sports teams and lease agreements
a. All 30 teams have leases, blah, blah, blah
III. List the 30 teams and their lease
a. a. X number of teams own and operate the arena in which they play like the Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers
b. b. X number of teams own the arena in which they play, but do not operate it (Ottawa Senators)
c.c. X number of teams do not own the arena, but have a contract to operate the arena (Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks)
d. d. X number of teams do not own the arena or operate the arena and are bound only by the lease
IV. Teams in a, b and c are not candidates for relocation
V. Therefore, these teams may be candidates for relocation
a. We asked for comments from AEG on these specific teams
b. We asked for comments from these teams’ presidents as to whether they are pleased with their lease agreement a
That’s it. It sure would clear up a lot.
It’s not that difficult a story and it would be so enlightening to
Oh, heck, I’ll do it for them.
Team Possibility? Why?
|Tampa Bay||No||a. Own and operates arena|
|Philadelphia||No||b. Own but do not operate arena|
|Ottawa||No||b. Own but do not operate arena|
|Calgary||Maybe||Not sure who owns or operates SaddleDome|
|Vancouver||No||a. Owns arena|
|Minnesota||No||b. Operate but do not own arena|
|NY Rangers||No||Original 6|
|Colorado||No||a. Own and operate arena|
|Los Angeles||No||a. Own and operate arena|
|Edmonton||Maybe||Leases arena from city*|
|San Jose||No||b. Operate but do not own arena|
|Columbus||No||a. Owns arena|
|Florida||No||b. Operate but do not own arena|
|Pittsburgh||Maybe||New arena pending|
|Carolina||No||b. Operate but do not own arena|
|Phoenix||No||New arena in 2003|
|Atlanta||Maybe||Possible ownership change|
|Anaheim||No||b. Operate but do not own arena|
|Nashville||No||b. Operate but do not own arena|
|New Jersey||No||Arena under construction|
|St.Louis||No||New owner, favorable lease|
|Washington||No||b. Team owns 44% of Washington Sports, the arena operator|
|Chicago||No||Original 6 -- jointly own and operate arena with the Bulls|
|NY Islanders||Maybe||New arena pending|
|*the Edmonton Oilers are essentially owned by the citizens of Edmonton much like the Green Bay Packers|
This took about two hours of Internet research, mostly on http://www.wikipedia.com/.
Two Canadian franchises, who Gary Bettman has explicitly said he does not want to move and four