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I'm seeing an anthology.

Only in the Goddamned NHL: Ten Tales of Greed, Lies and Breathtaking Incompetence From the Worst-Run League in Professional Sports

Everybody grabs a chapter, I'll edit, we split the meager proceeds equally and everybody puts in fifty bucks to hire some former player to write an introduction about how much Bettman sucks.

I'm serious. We can do this.

Who wants what?

My gut response is to call dibs on the Glendale saga, but the idiocy there goes beyond "lol" and into "I'm getting pissed off reading about this." So I'll call dibs on the NHL's current realignment and how it may or may not have been pushed through with a relocation option in mind that was never going to pan out anyway (Seattle).

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How about all of the 1970's WHA Merger turmoil. Cincinnati got screwed out of a NHL team thanks the Toronto's owner. Don't know if the Stingers would still exist today, but damn it was so close.

The Rebel League, which was published in 2004, is pretty much OITGDWHA: the book. Only with a lot more nostalgia. It has a lot to discuss regarding the many and various merger proposals.

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There are, but I still see a tiny chance that the Devils could move. They have always been bottom 20 in attendance, in an oversaturated market for hockey. (3 teams! Why?)

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It's going to look real bad if one of these leagues abandons a relatively new arena/stadium.

It would be harder to fleece cities in the future. Although I don't think the Coyotes moving would have set a precedent, I think the Devils moving would.

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There are, but I still see a tiny chance that the Devils could move. They have always been bottom 20 in attendance, in an oversaturated market for hockey. (3 teams! Why?)

So because a team's not top 10 in attendance, they should be moved? Might as well move the Oilers and Jets, since you know, they're bottom 10 in attendance year after year! :rolleyes:

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Buying the Devils entitles you to the master lease for the Prudential Center. Why would you move them?

There are three teams in greater New York because greater New York is really really big and its suburban areas can easily be partitioned.

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There are, but I still see a tiny chance that the Devils could move. They have always been bottom 20 in attendance, in an oversaturated market for hockey. (3 teams! Why?)

OH GOD IT'S A PLANT FROM HFBOARDS' RANGERS CONTINGENT RUUUUNNNNNN :P

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The Devils consistently have that place at least 90% full. The cheap seats in the upper deck are always packed so its not attendence that is hurting them its the NHL's poor marketing and the inability to sell its stars.

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The Devils consistently have that place at least 90% full. The cheap seats in the upper deck are always packed so its not attendence that is hurting them its the NHL's poor marketing and the inability to sell its stars.

Sounds like the fans are the problem. 3 Cups, a perennial Cup contender, arguably the greatest goalie of all time, a new arena next to a train station, which was supposed to eliminate the excuse of the arena being too hard to get to, like their predecessor, which was just another BS excuse.

Good fan bases would show up under these conditions and wouldn't make excuses.

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They have always been bottom 20 in attendance, in an oversaturated market for hockey. (3 teams! Why?)

I don't think it's oversaturated. I mean, aren't New Yorkers and New Jersey fans bitter to each other, so much as to play their battles out on the ice rink? That's not saturation; that is passion needing a well-remedied medium to cool tensions.

If there is such a saturation in that area, I can point to what the Islanders will get themselves into within the next three years.

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I just noticed the use of "bottom 20" for a 30-team league. They're 11th in attendance, move 'em!

I don't think it's fair to blame "the NHL's poor marketing" so much as "the Devils' poor marketing." The Devils under Lamoriello have always seemed to be pretty clear about being a no-frills hockey operation. It's worked to their benefit insomuch as they won three championships in eight years and have maintained a steady pipeline of NHL talent, but they've never really gone the extra mile to become something more than what they are, and it's hurt them in a lot of respects. Part of that was the unavoidable placelessness of playing in the Meadowlands, of course, but that's kind of the grand irony of this: for all the faults of being stuck out there, it was building that arena that really got them into all this trouble, more so than anything about attendance or Real Fans or anything.

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