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post #1 of 39
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Seattle, be good to my Coyotes when they move there next season.
post #2 of 39
Are they leaving?
post #3 of 39

They should.

post #4 of 39
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This season is make or break. The lease is up in the current arena, and no one's going to invest in a new one for a team that can't win a fucking game.
post #5 of 39
It's unfortunate but it's only a matter of time until Arizona and Carolina leave for Seattle and Quebec City.
post #6 of 39
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I've made peace with it. The franchise's treatment of Shane Doan was pretty much it for me. I love the team, but they've been mismanaged at virtually every turn since they arrived from Winnipeg.

And Seattle (if that's where they go) will likely embrace them. They deserve a hockey team and they'll have fun rivalries already built in.
post #7 of 39
You know, maybe if they made a concerned effort to tank in order to try and win the lottery for native son Auston Matthews, things could have been different.

I'm not a fan of it *cough Oilers cough COOOOUUUUGGGHHHHH* but, it is what it is.
post #8 of 39
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We've tanked more than one of the last several years, and each time we get screwed by the lottery. Our GM's reaction to getting the 7th overall pick despite being the second or third worst team in the league last year was equal parts funny and sad.
post #9 of 39
The lottery is super dumb.
post #10 of 39
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We're a fucking terrible franchise. We take on contracts for retired players (like Datsyuk) just to make the cap floor instead of taking some money and going after good players when they're available.

And we held on to Mike Smith for years, paying that bum $5 million a season.
post #11 of 39

NHL wants that sweet, sweet expansion fee from Seattle. But they also want to get there before the NBA comes back, so we shall see. Bettman will do anything for his precious Coyotes so he will perform all sorts of dark magic to keep them there.

post #12 of 39
Seattle will treat the Coyotes right. Like DT said, there's a bunch of ready made rivalries all along the West Coast. I'm assuming we would change the name though, as Seattle Coyotes doesn't work for me.
post #13 of 39
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NHL wants that sweet, sweet expansion fee from Seattle. But they also want to get there before the NBA comes back, so we shall see. Bettman will do anything for his precious Coyotes so he will perform all sorts of dark magic to keep them there.

 

Unless the NHL wants to foot the bill for a new arena, I don't see it. At one point they had a deal in place with ASU to build a shared facility and ASU very abruptly said "Nope. Fuck that noise," and backed away.

 

I doubt tax payers - who don't go to games anyway - would vote in favor of paying for a new facility. It's either make nice with Glendale (the team and city want nothing to do with each other anymore), or find a new location for the team. Or play at Polar Ice to a crowd of 50. Which isn't far off from current ticket sales...

post #14 of 39
Mike Smith used to post on a message board I used to post on. It was a small community, like this one.

I have a soft spot for him.
post #15 of 39

Oilers lose again, lol.

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Seattle will treat the Coyotes right. Like DT said, there's a bunch of ready made rivalries all along the West Coast. I'm assuming we would change the name though, as Seattle Coyotes doesn't work for me.

 

 One of the few things the NHL does right is change team names when they move. The Colorado Nordiques would be worth it for some cheap lol's I guess.

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Seattle will treat the Coyotes right. Like DT said, there's a bunch of ready made rivalries all along the West Coast. I'm assuming we would change the name though, as Seattle Coyotes doesn't work for me.

It's so goddamn sad. Originally, the Coyotes were going to play in a central location, which you need for 40 or so home games a year. But then Scottsdale decided to be a-holes, and that's what drove the sale of the team and the arena in Glendale, which is just a stupid place for that team to play.

Oh well.
post #17 of 39
I've been thinking about possible names for a Seattle franchise (re-located Coyotes or not). I've become enamored with Seattle Steelheads. Now this is a nickname for a trout, but it is our state fish. It also creates a good mental image for anyone not familiar with the fish reference. Added historical context, this was the name of the Negro league baseball team that Seattle had in the 1940's.
post #18 of 39

No clue what the fuck is happening with the Oilers.

 

I've long long wondered how Seattle doesn't have a major hockey club.  It's got to be a great hockey market there! 

post #19 of 39
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They love their sports. The Supersonics is still a painful subject. And if they'll show up in droves for MLS, they're bound to welcome a pro hockey team.
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No clue what the fuck is happening with the Oilers.

 

I've long long wondered how Seattle doesn't have a major hockey club.  It's got to be a great hockey market there! 

 

Secondary scoring is hard to come by right now.

 

Plus a coach calling out his players in October.

post #21 of 39
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0-9-1.

And we've even fucked ourselves out a perfect season with that tie. No Owen 82 sweater for me next season.
Edited by D.T. - 10/27/17 at 9:24am
post #22 of 39
Yeah that's a really disappointing start.

But compare your roster to Montreal or Edmonton. Those teams have no excuse.
post #23 of 39
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Coyotes finally got a win at home after going all the way to the shootout. Now they're 2-12-1 with 5 points on the season and we're the worst team in the league.

I went to the game tonight. I was given tickets that had exchanged hands from someone who didn't want them. Turns out they were VIP tickets which meant access to the lounge for free beer and buffet all night, and the lounge is situated between the tunnels where each team leaves the locker room and heads for the ice.

Seats themselves were 5 rows back, center ice. Fucking great time without actually having spent a dime (aside from tips on the free drinks).

And hey, first home win with a dramatic finish. Can't bitch about that!
post #24 of 39
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Seattle City Council has approved $600 million in renovations to Key Arena. Get thee ready for hockey, Seattle.

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Seattle City Council has approved $600 million in renovations to Key Arena. Get thee ready for hockey, Seattle.

I've been waiting my entire life for this. I'm beyond excited. I would feel bad if the Flames move here though. Canada deserves all the teams it can get.
post #26 of 39
Flames will stay put.

Arizona, Carolina, and Florida need to relocate, in that order.

Sorry DT.
post #27 of 39
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It's all good. I've been to a few games this season, watched many more. We're still crap after all the FO changes. And there's no place for us to play next year, so despite the stories the commissioner keeps telling us about being firmly in favor of hockey in this market and how it's growing... it's just not. It's never going to not be stagnant.

 

I went to the Arizona/Las Vegas game the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and home fans were outnumbered by Vegas fans. It's a quick drive between markets, and many locals have already jumped ship from a losing team to a new, exciting one that's winning.

 

Vegas is your hockey-in-the-desert champion. Arizona's team should go to a market that's not too dumb and apathetic to keep hold of it.

post #28 of 39
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It's all good. I've been to a few games this season, watched many more. We're still crap after all the FO changes. And there's no place for us to play next year, so despite the stories the commissioner keeps telling us about being firmly in favor of hockey in this market and how it's growing... it's just not. It's never going to not be stagnant.

 

I went to the Arizona/Las Vegas game the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and home fans were outnumbered by Vegas fans. It's a quick drive between markets, and many locals have already jumped ship from a losing team to a new, exciting one that's winning.

 

Vegas is your hockey-in-the-desert champion. Arizona's team should go to a market that's not too dumb and apathetic to keep hold of it.

 

What really pisses me off is that, had Scottsdale not been a bunch of NIMBY assholes, the Coyotes arena would be centrally located in Southern Scottsdale, and people would actually be at the games and the Yotes might be profitable. 

I drove by the original site when I was in AZ for Thanksgiving. Still breaks my heart.

post #29 of 39
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If the Yotes had moved to Scottsdale, I would've bought season tickets.

But now, I'll wish whatever city gets them a better fate than we got and I'll probably fall out of hockey altogether.
post #30 of 39

If the Canucks keep playing like this they might actually make the playoffs.

post #31 of 39
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If the Canucks keep playing like this they might actually make the playoffs.

Unexpected. 

 

A season full of unexpected.

post #32 of 39
Canucks can't even lose when they are supposed to smh.
post #33 of 39

Guess we don't need a Connor McJesus to actually do better I suppose.

post #34 of 39
The sisters will take you to the promised land just believe.
post #35 of 39
I hope the Oilers next #1 draft pick will help the team to lose less.
post #36 of 39
There's a big conspiracy in Edmonton that the locker room is in shambles.

This stems from a mysterious (not really) concussion Draisaitl had early in the season that people claim is from Darnell Nurse knocking him out over a women. Gotta love those Canadian hockey markets.
post #37 of 39
That Draisaitl contract is just ridiculous! Underlined.

I’m glad to see Edmonton having such a bad time. They deserve it. Tanking almost every season to get number 1 draft picks, getting to the playoffs ONCE and then signing young players to massive contracts.

It looks good on them.
post #38 of 39
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The NHL has given Seattle permission to apply for an expansion and begin a season ticket drive. The expansion fee is set at $650 million.

 

Looks like the Coyotes won't be going up to the PNW, but I think that still leaves them in danger of being relocated to another city with the facility and means. Most likely Houston.

post #39 of 39
Back when Nashville almost relocated to Hamilton myself and a friend put deposits down on season tickets.

Seattle has a better chance of actually getting a team.
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