Root Of The NHL Problem: The League Will Not Take A New Direction

May 9th, 2010 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
Way back in February of 2009, I wrote one of my first articles, entitled:  "Which Direction Should The NHL Go?"  In it, I listed five possible paths for future NHL development.

1.  Keep going in the same direction, with expansion to American cities that are unfamiliar with hockey, in hopes that this strategy will land the NHL a rich American television contract, and finally confirm their status as "big four" sport in the United States.

2.  Contract the money-losing American teams

3.  Relocate the money-losing franchises to other American cities, especially to the neglected northern United States.

4.  Shift as many money losing franchises to Canada, and become a Canadian focused league.

5.  Relocate the money losing franchises to Europe. and start a European branch of the NHL.

As I mentioned in the previous article, option 1, was the path that the NHL favored and would try to continue to pursue.  I also that it would not work and that economics and other factors would force the NHL to change its direction.

So what has happened since then?

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