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Bettman: Returning to Winnipeg, Quebec City 'Intriguing'

Could one, perhaps two troubled U.S.-based NHL franchises relocate to Canada, the birthplace of hockey? It's something commissioner Gary Bettman says he's thought about.

From the Canadian Press via TSN.ca:

"When we had the chance to go back to Minnesota, we did. Because it made sense, the right ownership, the right building situation," Bettman said yesterday. "The market was strong and vibrant. We haven't studied Quebec City or Winnipeg or anywhere else in Canada, but the notion that if it could work to put a franchise back in a place where one was lost, feels good - provided we don't wind up in a situation where we've created a prescription for another failing franchise.
"So am I intrigued? It's obviously something I've thought about in terms of trying to make right something that one point in our history went wrong."

Read the whole article here.

Thoughts?

I'll start. Winnipeg is the coldest place on Earth. But they do love their hockey up there. The same, unfortunately, can't be said about many U.S. cities where NHL teams currently exist. So I can't see how moving a failing U.S. franchise back to Canada would hurt.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 29, 2007; 6:27 AM ET
 
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