With the second round of NHL playoffs beginning tonight and only a matter of weeks before hockey takes a vacation for the summer, many people have asked what I plan to do in the off season. Truthfully, I was planning to run features on past road trips, etc from the time before Psycho Lady Hockey came to be until free agency began, but this morning an article in the Toronto Star provided me with a new raison d’être.
The Star ran an article on the Coyotes’ dire future in the desert. Apparently, there are many parties interested in moving them or another struggling sun belt team to Southern Ontario. Of course, this makes the most sense financially. A team in the GTA would make $100M a year easily (though, officials have said it is more realistically between $400M and $600M a year)! As it is the residents of the Golden Horseshoe are supporting not only the Leafs, but also the Sabres, and I even know some that have invested in seasons in Ottawa and Detroit! Clearly we are desperate for more local hockey! A team where we can actually invest in season seats without being placed on a waiting list for five years! Vaughan seems like the perfect place!
However, I’m not an idiot! I know Bettman is completely against moving another team to Canada even if it means the league collapses on itself. He’d rather move, nay EXPAND, the league to Kansas City and Las Vegas. Apparently, Bettman doesn’t mind that the Kansas City Scouts only managed to survive in the N for two years, and Vegas?!?! Come on, who has time between booze, black jack, and bad Elvis impersonators for hockey??! It’s like Bettman wants to self-destruct! Why take the easy guaranteed money that a stable second Toronto based team will generate, when you can test the waters in shaky and previously failed territory! The Atlanta Flames only did well when they moved to Calgary! And what happened when Atlanta was granted another club? Well, I think you all know the mess that is going on down in Georgia with the Thrashers.
So, I have become committed to the movement of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Greater Toronto Area. If you are a disgruntled Toronto, Canadian, true blue hockey fan, or simply a fan of the soap opera that has been Psycho Lady Hockey since the trade deadline, then support this cause! Maybe we won’t get anywhere, but as the great Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take!”
Stay tuned for further discussion on this topic. I have one more exam to go so be patient with me! In the mean time you can join the fan page on facebook! If you have something to say on the topic, then feel free to comment on this post, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Picture: Gretz and I contemplate a new game plan!