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Thursday, March 1, 2012

I JUST CAN'T RESIST

From TSN's Bob McKenzie:

TORONTO -- No one is suggesting the NHL is considering relocating an existing franchise to Saskatoon.

But it is fair to say there have been expressions of interest from parties in the prairie city to purchase, relocate and house an NHL franchise in Saskatoon's Credit Union Centre.

Obviously, if the NHL is faced with relocating another franchise -- those options may have to be legitimately explored in the coming weeks or months with regards to the long-term future of the Phoenix Coyotes -- the most logical landing-spot candidates are Seattle, Quebec City, Kansas City and perhaps Las Vegas.

But interested parties in Saskatoon have contacted the league and suggested there are individuals or parties in Saskatoon who would be willing to ante up the required purchase fee while various levels of government in Saskatchewan would make necessary arrangements to expand and make NHL-suitable the 15,800-seat Credit Union Centre.

Read more:
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=389234
 
**I'll have plenty of thoughts on this on today's Sports Cage on 620 CKRM and in tomorrow's blog column but for now, I'd love to read yours...
RP

23 comments:

The Broken Shtick said...

For this to happen a lot of NHL teams would have to be on their death beds all at once. Say, if no buyers could be found for the Blues, Coyotes, Preds, Isles and Jackets and all their owners wanted out bad.
I guess what I'm saying is, the NHL would have to be desperate. It would work for sure, for the first 10 years...but long-term, not so sure.

john said...

I can't see an NHL franchise viable in Saskatchewan. We don't have the fan base or corporate support to keep a team long term. I for one would not pay $75-$150 for regular season games especially when the league has an unbalanced schedule where you may only see a team once per year or possibly not at all. It might work for i-2 years then once it was realized our team sucked, people would stop coming. Look at the Riders when they were losing.

Caesar said...

Hey, if the money is there, why not!? And Shtick, 10 years would be solid, why not with our increasing population, etc etc...

This isn't as silly as it sounds. Now if you said Regina...then I would call you insane!

Anonymous said...

No reason this can't happen. For the positive economic and moral impact it would be worth building a new rink in Saskatoon and even subsidizing the team $20M a year (same as Glendale is doing now)

We subsidize farming close to $1B every year in this province... no reason we can't subsidize an NHL team.

PS I am from Regina.

Anonymous said...

bahahahahahahaha. give it up already. there is no financial or fan suport big enough in saskatoon.

good bye..

REP said...

An NHL team in Saskatoon is fine by me, and as a Sask taxpayer (in Regina) I don't particularly care if a few bucks from my taxes are spent on this.

That said, I think the team would do well in its early years when it was a novelty, and probably quite well after that. Consider what will happen to attendance on a Wednesday night, when it's -30, against a team like Nashville..

They'll also have to do something about egress from Sask Place... its brutal.

Anonymous said...

Not a chance that this would ever happen. For one, players would not want to play in Saskatoon There are players that don't want to play in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg. So the team would have a tough time attracting high quality/Franchise players (Would EB's want to play in Saskatoon). Let's Get a new stadium for the Riders before we look at this pipe dream. 'Toon town should just be happy they have FUDDRUCKERS. MIKE HAMMER

Anonymous said...

Saskatoon is to the NHL what Toronto is to the NFL. Nice place for an occasional game, but wouldn't want to set up shop there.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't be any less a joke than having the Coyotes playing in front of their Mom's and girlfriends in Arizona.

West Central Dave said...

PS from Regina, or should I say anon? I agree it may work here, but I would need some serious convincing. As far as bringing farming into this is stupid. Things aren't the way they used to be. What subsidies? If you don't know anything about it leave it alone unless you think your food just comes from a store? The only "subsidies" is disaster relief programs which other businesses have also. If you're from a farm you'll know what I mean. On the other hand, not putting your name to this likely tells me enough.

The Coach said...

As a prior resident of Saskatoon for 10+ years and now a resident of Regina for the past 10, it is always amusing to note the differences in the mentality of the 2 cities as it relates to the other. Reginan's will proudly say "I love Regina". Saskatoonian's will just as proudly say "We're better then Regina". The inferiority complex that must be in the air as you go North through Davidson is staggering.

Saskatoon is starting to become as delusional about their place in the world as Toronto is, at least where adding Pro Sports Franchises is concerned. Love a good laugh on a Thursday though.

The Coach

Anonymous said...

Can you help me Rod? I am thinking with the Civic Centre not being used that it would be perfect for an NBA team. Who could I call to see if they are willing to expand to Canada. I think its a win win situation and I think people would come from far and wide to support this team. If not, the Civic Centre will just turn into the Rob Carnie/Kelly Rempel Hall of Fame and is that Moose Jaw really wants?


Brad

Anonymous said...

Corporate support is a non issue. If manitoba can house a team, theoretically so could saskatchewan. And we have even more going for us then they do. This isn't gonna happen in the next year, but longterm Saskatoon should be looking into the possibility. And good on em.

Kevin from Regina

Anonymous said...

Saskatoon could easily support an NHL team, there would be buses coming from Regina for every game the team would be a saskatchewan team just like the riders are, alot of people go to CGY, EDM, & now WPG just to watch a few NHL games every year & are not even fans of those teams so to say a NHL team would not work in saskatoon is just flat out retarded.

A sold out CUC at $75-$300 per seat is better then hardly 5,000 people in Dallas where they are giving away tickets just to try to get people in the stands. But i do think places like Quebec City, Seattle should definaely get a team before Saskatoon is even considered.

Also to the person who said players dont want to play in EDM, CGY, WPG i can see why no 1 wants to play in EDM there rink is the shits (& thats putting it lightly) WPG will land a big fish this summer & as for CGY no 1 wants to come there & play cuz Sutter screwed that team up for a good 5-10yrs

Anonymous said...

Might happen... as soon as they eliminate fighting there will be many empty arena's!!! If I was a Junior hockey owner like the Parkers I would put up the for sale sign, because the crowds will drop significantly!!

Anonymous said...

Coach: Man, you read my mind. As a former resident of both cities I cannot believe the inferiority complex that exists in 'Toon town. It must be that northern climate. They really are Toronto west.

Anonymous said...

I am always amazed about people from Regina on here keep talking about an inferiority complex in Saskatoon. However here in Saskatoon, no one that I know compares us to Regina or even talks about it, except regarding rivalries between Blades/Pats,Huskies/Rams,etc. Once again, just media and bloggers trying to push up their own ratings

However, I don't think the NHL could survive in either location, but if someone in either location wants to put up their own money to try and bring a team, why would anyone be against it.

MS

Anonymous said...

I am really starting to think Saskatoon is a city full of crackheads. Who in there right mind would buy a team and locate it in Saskatoon? Also what prized free agent would wanna live there ?

Dave said...

Its dissapointing to see that there are so many Nay Sayers to this idea. I think that if Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba can support a NHL frachise so can we! After all there isnt alot seperating both Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Maybey it would'nt hurt if 100 000 more people lived in Saskatoon, but something tells me we might not have to wait too long before that happens. Remember people lets be Positive not negitive!!!

GeorgesB said...

I love Saskatoon. Lived there 6 great years.
I think the big money guys that are talking there right now should make a push for an AHL club first. Make your facilities top notch, prove to the NHL that you have the people, the money, the fans and the commitment required. That is what the Peg did, and they were rewarded in the end. Everyone knows the NHL is not going to be swayed by this, and put S'toon at the top of the list.
C'mon Man.

Anonymous said...

The background music to read this:

see Supertramp – Dreamer

willhe said...

Sure Saskatoon's poulation is growing rapidly. But that is mostly imigrants from other countries coming here and seeking work, and there is no way that they would be able to afford going to these high priced events. Sometimes these teams play as many as 3 or 4 home games a week and do you think for one minute that people that live 200 miles away are going to be making that trip for all those games. "Sorry It Just Ain't Gonna Happen" ! Better idea...Bring in an American Hockey League Franchise. Then you will see sell outs every game.

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight...the gov't is willing to spend a bunch of money to expand the Credit Union Center so that a NHL team can come to S'toon...

The Gov't just announced that social spending cuts of up to 15% are on the way so that they can stay with a balanced budget...

If you can't support what we have, what's up with all this other spending "possibilities"...?

The Rock