herb wrote:A team in Seattle would be great. A third pacific north-western team in Portland seems like a pipe-dream, but you never now.
It's been pretty obvious since the division realignment that expansion was inevitable. Seattle is the no-brainer. Portland, Las Vegas and maybe Kansas City are options also.
Regarding the "talent pool", it's never been deeper. Look at the quality of goaltending around the league as an example - it's ridiculous.
The KHL is only a threat for Russian players, which given their recent showings on the world stage shouldn't be a concern. The game is growing at a strong pace in the US, and more American teams will only build on that.
To me the bigegst threat to the game is the current 2/3 point system for each game and the trap and basically moving back toward the dead puck era.