Brent Supple, Irvine, Calif.
In the past 15 years the NHL has grossly expanded and relocated teams into “non-traditional” markets.
There have been some failures; i.e. Atlanta, Phoenix, Florida just to name a few. It is also true that Canada is desperately seeking a seventh franchise and may get one if the league over-expands yet again.
How about introducing the NHL to the bright lights of Las Vegas?
There will be the doubters: another warm market, the gambling angle and the legit question of whether Vegas, hit hard by the economy, could even support a team?
Despite these obstacles, Vegas is the perfect spot for the NHL to go.
First, there has never been a professional sports team there and you can own the market.
Vegas has long supported two minor league franchises and always sells out pre-season games.
The Las Vegas Thrashers would really hit the jackpot for the NHL and the city of Las Vegas.