NHL: 4 Reasons Why European Expansion Makes Sense

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NHL: 4 Reasons Why European Expansion Makes Sense
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Having a European division would give the NHL greater visibility.

The timing may seem strange and off-putting, but there will come a time when the NHL can think about its future, long-term plans.

Right now, the only thing that matters is the lockout that has just wiped out all games through the end of November (source: Elliotte Friedman of CBC.ca).

That's painful and depressing, but there is still time to save the season and ultimately crown a champion during the postseason.

With the lockout in place, a number of NHL players have decided to play in European leagues. That's where the NHL may decide to expand at some point in the future.

A European division may make more sense for the NHL than any of the other North American sports leagues.

The game is played well and with passion throughout Europe. It's not a game that would have to be forced on Europeans the way the NFL tried to do with NFL Europa (source: NFL.com).

Expanding to Europe would create increased competition and interest in hockey.

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