Jeremy Roenick’s Idea to Reduce the Number of NHL Teams Should Be Considered

December 1st, 2012 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The claim that the NHL has overextended itself since expanding to 30 teams is not a new one, but when those words come from a former player who sees the reduction of teams in the league as a solution to the NHL’s revenue problem, a new spotlight will shine on the concept. 

Yes, the words came from one of the most attention-craving men that has ever skated on an NHL ice surface, Jeremy Roenick, but the thought still has merit, especially when you consider what some of the failing NHL teams are losing and in turn costing some of the more profitable teams.

Roenick, according to USA Today, offered the following:

There are 30 teams and there are some places that can't hold teams. That kind of weakens the economy of the whole National Hockey League. Maybe diluting a couple of the teams and diluting a little of the talent would make it an even stronger league.

Looking at the recently published list from Forbes on the value of each NHL franchise during 2011-12, we see that the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets suffered a combined operating loss of more than $39 million.  If those two teams were removed from the equation, ...

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