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There may be something to that. The 7 Canadian NHL teams are more or less guaranteed cash cows for the league. Even without winning recent championships, the teams are generally seen as consistently profitable. And hence are not a priority for the head honchos of the league overall. Whereas newer teams like Las Vegas Golden Knights were seemingly treated as a pet project where they need to be successful right away to carve out a winning fan culture. Along the lines of a Tampa Bay Lightning where they've excelled despite being in a place that traditionally isn't a hockey hub, apart from snow birds from Canada and northern US. If the Golden Knights slump right away then they'd risk being mired in mediocrity or worse in irrelevance like the Coyotes, and the Atlanta Thrashers before they moved to Winnipeg.
Yet the Board has been consistently reluctant to award another Canadian franchise. The league's broadcast revenue prefers American eyeballs watching American teams.
 
Yet the Board has been consistently reluctant to award another Canadian franchise. The league's broadcast revenue prefers American eyeballs watching American teams.
Quebec City even built a new arena in anticipation of getting a team again...and nothing.
 
There may be something to that. The 7 Canadian NHL teams are more or less guaranteed cash cows for the league. Even without winning recent championships, the teams are generally seen as consistently profitable. And hence are not a priority for the head honchos of the league overall. Whereas newer teams like Las Vegas Golden Knights were seemingly treated as a pet project where they need to be successful right away to carve out a winning fan culture. Along the lines of a Tampa Bay Lightning where they've excelled despite being in a place that traditionally isn't a hockey hub, apart from snow birds from Canada and northern US. If the Golden Knights slump right away then they'd risk being mired in mediocrity or worse in irrelevance like the Coyotes, and the Atlanta Thrashers before they moved to Winnipeg.
I wouldn't say all seven are cash cows. The Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets appear to be just floating at break even.

Winnipeg has been restricted by its small arena with a capacity of only about 16,000. Even in very successful years they have trouble making much money given the high fixed costs, plus they have not had much success of late to the point there were questions swirling again this season about the viability of staying there, especially given Phoenix so suddenly moving to Salt Lake City and many rumours of other billionaire owners out there expressing interest in getting a team.
Ottawa has had financial problems almost its whole existence, though some through incompetence and mismanagement by the team's last owner.
 
Don't be surprised if Shanahan also goes.

He better !

I suspect:
- Shanahan
- Keefe
- Most on expiring contracts (e.g. bertuzzi, Brodie, liljegren,
- I hope we sign Domi if he takes 3.2 or less
- I suspect Marner is gone but that'll be a tricky trade
- Tavares is hard to say - to get rid of him they'll need to retain - and he may be willing to sign a cheap contract next year - maybe they keep him and depending on how the leafs do maybe trade him late in the season

I think they need a few D, and a 2nd line F that can bring a lot of offence
 

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