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If the rumor is inded true, the two things that have been stated that seem to fit the stated criteria the best would be:

1. The Dallas Stars and the Cowboys somehow collaborating. This would be a partnership agreement that would be a first in the NHL to the best of my knowledge. Perhaps this collaboration would involve cross-promotion, shared uniform/logo details, or perhaps even a game or two at Cowboys' Stadium.

2. The Nashville Predators changing their identity to the Music City ________________. I think this would be the first time an NHL team adopted their city's nickname as the name of their team.

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I don't know the the NHL allows corporate logos on jerseys (though it's only a matter of time), but I have always been surprised that none of the "big 4" teams have made an overt effort to try to incorporate a corporate logo into their logo. The closest I can think of is the Brewers kinda looking Miller-ish. Maybe we're looking at Florida's colors changing to that of their sponsor and their logo incorporating a silhouette of a soda can, car, or something. Man I hope not.

To reiterate, corporate branding I've been told is not part of the equation in any way. No renaming the team to facilitate a sponsor, no sponsor brands on uniforms, etc., etc. When I read "something that's never been done before in the NHL," that was my first instict, as apparently it was for some of you as well.

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If it is the nickname, my vote would be Dallas. Lonestars anyone?

How can "Lone Star" be pluralized? That would be akin to calling the team the "Lone Rangers".

How can North Stars be pluralized? There is only one of those.

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I think the alt logo looks better with only one flag, but overall I think the addition of light blue would def give them a unique color scheme and be cool.

Two flags signifies a hurricane warning. One flag denotes only a storm warning.

2. The Nashville Predators changing their identity to the Music City ________________. I think this would be the first time an NHL team adopted their city's nickname as the name of their team.

I don't think the Predators get away from the Nashville name. Their marketing nickname of "Smashville" has been pretty popular.

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If it is the nickname, my vote would be Dallas. Lonestars anyone?

How can "Lone Star" be pluralized? That would be akin to calling the team the "Lone Rangers".

How can North Stars be pluralized? There is only one of those.

There are many stars visable in the northern hemishphere...

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Two flags signifies a hurricane warning. One flag denotes only a storm warning.

I always thought the Hurricanes were missing out by not playing "Storm Front" by Billy Joel prior to each period.

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If it is the nickname, my vote would be Dallas. Lonestars anyone?

How can "Lone Star" be pluralized? That would be akin to calling the team the "Lone Rangers".

How can North Stars be pluralized? There is only one of those.

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Two flags signifies a hurricane warning. One flag denotes only a storm warning.

I always thought the Hurricanes were missing out by not playing "Storm Front" by Billy Joel prior to each period.

You would be correct. What do they play instead, "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by Scorpions?

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If it is the nickname, my vote would be Dallas. Lonestars anyone?

How can "Lone Star" be pluralized? That would be akin to calling the team the "Lone Rangers".

How can North Stars be pluralized? There is only one of those.

There are many stars visable in the northern hemishphere...

I can't tell if you're joking or not (sarcasm is hard to detect on the internet :P), but the nickname is referring to THE North Star, not all of the stars in the sky. If the latter were the case, there'd be no reason to include "North" in the nickname.

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If the rumor is inded true, the two things that have been stated that seem to fit the stated criteria the best would be:

1. The Dallas Stars and the Cowboys somehow collaborating. This would be a partnership agreement that would be a first in the NHL to the best of my knowledge. Perhaps this collaboration would involve cross-promotion, shared uniform/logo details, or perhaps even a game or two at Cowboys' Stadium.

2. The Nashville Predators changing their identity to the Music City ________________. I think this would be the first time an NHL team adopted their city's nickname as the name of their team.

It certainly has to be one of those two things. With the information that we have, it can't be anything else.

Seriously - what's the point of this?

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PuckDaddy introduced the idea when the Predators were slated to moved of having the Predators Hockey Club and letting them play their 40 home games at various locations on the continent. Could a regionalized version of that be ahead of us?

After giving it some thought, I think this scenario is highly possible. But I disagree that it's Nashville. I fully expect it to be Phoenix. I think the 2011/12 season in Glendale is going to be a lame-duck season as the NHL gears up to run the Coyotes as a "floating" franchise playing out their season in several neutral sites. Call them the "NHL Voyagers" or "NHL HC" have them play 7-14 home dates in places such as Quebec City, Hartford, Hamilton, Kansas City, Portland, maybe even Atlanta.

In my mind, it's not too dissimilar to when the Montreal Expos played "home" games in San Juan, or more acurately, when the Florida Bobcats of the Arena League played all of their games on the road back in 1997 or 1998.

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If the rumor is inded true, the two things that have been stated that seem to fit the stated criteria the best would be:

1. The Dallas Stars and the Cowboys somehow collaborating. This would be a partnership agreement that would be a first in the NHL to the best of my knowledge. Perhaps this collaboration would involve cross-promotion, shared uniform/logo details, or perhaps even a game or two at Cowboys' Stadium.

2. The Nashville Predators changing their identity to the Music City ________________. I think this would be the first time an NHL team adopted their city's nickname as the name of their team.

It certainly has to be one of those two things. With the information that we have, it can't be anything else.

Seriously - what's the point of this?

The point? The point is I'm expressing an opinion in order to continue the discussion.

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If the rumor is inded true, the two things that have been stated that seem to fit the stated criteria the best would be:

1. The Dallas Stars and the Cowboys somehow collaborating. This would be a partnership agreement that would be a first in the NHL to the best of my knowledge. Perhaps this collaboration would involve cross-promotion, shared uniform/logo details, or perhaps even a game or two at Cowboys' Stadium.

2. The Nashville Predators changing their identity to the Music City ________________. I think this would be the first time an NHL team adopted their city's nickname as the name of their team.

It certainly has to be one of those two things. With the information that we have, it can't be anything else.

Seriously - what's the point of this?

The point? The point is I'm expressing an opinion in order to continue the discussion.

I think he meant the point of the rebrand. I could be wrong, but that's what I thought.

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If it is the nickname, my vote would be Dallas. Lonestars anyone?

How can "Lone Star" be pluralized? That would be akin to calling the team the "Lone Rangers".

How can North Stars be pluralized? There is only one of those.

There are many stars visable in the northern hemishphere...

I can't tell if you're joking or not (sarcasm is hard to detect on the internet :P), but the nickname is referring to THE North Star, not all of the stars in the sky. If the latter were the case, there'd be no reason to include "North" in the nickname.

JQK isn't talking about all of the stars in the sky...just the northern hemisphere stars. There is a difference between northern stars and southern stars.

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If the rumor is inded true, the two things that have been stated that seem to fit the stated criteria the best would be:

1. The Dallas Stars and the Cowboys somehow collaborating. This would be a partnership agreement that would be a first in the NHL to the best of my knowledge. Perhaps this collaboration would involve cross-promotion, shared uniform/logo details, or perhaps even a game or two at Cowboys' Stadium.

2. The Nashville Predators changing their identity to the Music City ________________. I think this would be the first time an NHL team adopted their city's nickname as the name of their team.

It certainly has to be one of those two things. With the information that we have, it can't be anything else.

Seriously - what's the point of this?

The point? The point is I'm expressing an opinion in order to continue the discussion.

I think he meant the point of the rebrand. I could be wrong, but that's what I thought.

If so, then I apologize for misreading it.

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PuckDaddy introduced the idea when the Predators were slated to moved of having the Predators Hockey Club and letting them play their 40 home games at various locations on the continent. Could a regionalized version of that be ahead of us?

After giving it some thought, I think this scenario is highly possible. But I disagree that it's Nashville. I fully expect it to be Phoenix. I think the 2011/12 season in Glendale is going to be a lame-duck season as the NHL gears up to run the Coyotes as a "floating" franchise playing out their season in several neutral sites. Call them the "NHL Voyagers" or "NHL HC" have them play 7-14 home dates in places such as Quebec City, Hartford, Hamilton, Kansas City, Portland, maybe even Atlanta.

No way.

A travelling team is a logistical nightmare. The amount of organization is immense, and you won't get the advertising revenues that come from playing in your own building. This wouldn't be like the Montreal Expos playing a couple games in San Juan or the 1968/69 White Sox playing games in Milwaukee, both of which were test runs for relocation. This would be on a massive scale, without the possibility of great returns.

And even if the NHL was inclined to do that, it wouldn't be with the Coyotes. Glendale is subsidizing the league's losses on that team to the tune of $25M a year, which is the only way Bettman can justify keeping them in Arizona. Once the Coyotes start playing home games in another arena, that money goes away, lawsuits commence, and a situation you thought couldn't get any worse does.

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Just a thought, if Dallas changed their name to something like The Lone Star Hockey Club of Dallas, would people still refer to them as the Stars? Or would they call them the Lone Stars?

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i'd still call them the stars... as would everyone else...

and if it has anything to do with dallas, and anything to do with the cowboys, my loyalty will be tested. i can't stand the cowboys, and most of my stars-fan-friends are in agreement on that issue.

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I wonder if anyone who's in the "team X failed because the stadium was too hard to get to" has ever been to a major east coast city.

It's Cleveland Vet. It's different. You just don't understand.

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Everyone is overlooking Columbus, I could totally see them renaming them self's the "Ohio _____" and playing games in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. All three have arena's with 14,000+, and all have had some sort of pro hockey teams play in there. Pending these rumors are true of course.

I could see Cincinnati getting up for an NHL game, but Cleveland is completely unimpressed with anything from Ohio that isn't Cleveland and they're all weirdly opposed to the sport of hockey. When they got an NBA team in 2003 it really messed that city up because back in the day, Cleveland was a darn good AHL town.

Anyways, regional teams have never really worked and no free agent would want to endure that travel schedule.

Oh, now that's not true. There are no CBJ fans up here because they don't win and TV is monopolized by the Cavaliers.

(I'll also let you know the Monsters averaged the best attendance this Calder Cup playoffs...with only 4 games played at home but drew over 8,100 each game.)

People here root for Ohio State and the Crew if they like soccer, but the team has got to win first. Otherwise they're Wongs or Pens fans.

I've never met anyone from Cleveland (under 30) who claims to be a die-hard hockey fan. Moreover they seem to have a bizarre anti-hockey stance, and Cleveland gets awful ratings for nationally televised NHL games. Now the Monsters' attendance surprises me because televised regular season games always look like there's more players than fans.

Anyways, I'm saying a team in Cleveland would not be the success that everyone thinks it would.

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