You know its coming, especially with them having it reorganized into 30 teams unevenly (2 more in the East). They'll allocate 2 new franchises, and then allow those that are struggling to move to the losers, maybe even charging them relocation fees split amongst the teams that aren't relocating. The fees to relocate the Coyotes would have been $101M to $150M to move them to Hamilton.
Lets say its $275M per team for 2 teams, that's $18M per team in their pockets.
Bettman will use the attendance numbers that are crushing the NBA's numbers as leverage.
I think its Seattle and Quebec. Then maybe Florida moves to Toronto/Hamilton and Nashville to Vegas?
Each teams gonna lose 2 to 3 players. Who are we leaving unprotected if it were this summer? Here was the last expansion draft:
2000 NHL Expansion Draft - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia