If New York can support 3 ish teams
Not sure what you mean by that. NYC doesn't support three teams, it supports one. An experiment to see if it can support two will start in a couple seasons. NYC has a population over three times the size of Toronto's; the Devils play in Newark which along with neighboring Jersey city has a population twice that of StL and that base is bolstered by visitors from NYC and Philly. The Islanders currently play in Nassau County, population roughly 1.5M and is also the local team for Suffolk County, population 1.3M. Buffalo is also in NYS, if that's what you mean. Buffalo's population is 250K and it's the local metropolis. What can you say, up-staters love their hockey disproportionately. Even if you consider all of them, there are 4 teams in the state and immediate environs but they draw support from an aggregate population of about 11.5M. None of those teams showed up 100 years after the league started and tried to directly compete with one of the original teams-perhaps the best supported of them.
That said, yes, Toronto might be able to support two teams but I don't think that's a worthwhile thing to pursue right now just because it could work. The NHL brass are acting like they have no current problems to solve and therefore can push hare-brained schemes. Whereas I look around and see plenty of basket-case clubs limping through fiscal hell, situated in areas where 98% of the locals would rather watch high school football, NASCAR or rodeos than hockey.
glen a richter wrote:
What's next? NHL champ plays KHL champ for the Cup?
I actually like this idea. Silly how American sports teams regularly square off exclusively against other American sports teams and the suggestion is that the competition is a world championship. I think we'll see this (not for The Cup though) if the KHL survives and remains viable. There's too much money to be made for it not to happen.