May 31, 2013

Nate Silver's analysis of Canada's 20 year Stanley Cup drought.: Just how unlikely has Canada’s Stanley Cup drought been? And is there anything in the league’s economics that might help to explain it?

posted by ursus_comiter to hockey at 02:44 PM - 3 comments

As a Leafs fan, I would LOVE a second team in Toronto.

1) It would put more pressure on the Leafs to be competitive.
2) It would provide more opportunity for people to see NHL games.
3) It might actually provide some ticket price competition.
4) It would give the Anti-Leaf fans (not currently fans of any team) someone to cheer for.
(However, true Anti-Leaf fans who don't actually watch hockey, but complain about the Leafs just to be spiteful to Leaf fans...they can go f*** themselves.)

I would probably cheer for the Toronto G.T.Ehs for every one of their games, except against the Leafs.

I'm not sure a second Montreal team would fly.
A second Quebec team (again) would definitely be worth trying (again).

posted by grum@work at 05:35 PM on May 31

Saskatoon keeps getting plenty of mention; the arena has the same capacity as Winnipeg, but I can't see it. The maritimes would seem interesting except for the additional hour from the Eastern time zone. West Coast clubs in all sports have accepted early home starts, but I'm not sure if maritime fans would appreciate later (8 p.m.) starts to accommodate television. Maybe they would if it means getting a club.

I think it's understood, though, that Quebec will be first in the preferred line.

posted by jjzucal at 08:07 PM on May 31

Bring back the Nordiques!!! (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) Lots of history between Quebec and Boston, and you still hear the name of Ron Tugnutt remembered at least once every season.

posted by Howard_T at 10:12 PM on May 31

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