NHL Relocation: 7 Scares That Almost Happened

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NHL Relocation: 7 Scares That Almost Happened
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Islanders Owner Charles Wang Announcing the Team's Move to Brooklyn

With the New York Islanders recently announcing their move 20 miles from Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum across the island to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the team quelled years worth of speculation that they would be leaving Long Island. Once the Islanders move for the 2015-2016 season, they will be staying for 25 years in New York City’s highest populated borough?

Even with the Islanders’ situation gaining clarity, relocation rumors will still surround teams such as the Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers as fans dream of teams in Quebec City, Seattle, Kansas City, and elsewhere. 

Relocation rumors are a constant in the NHL, however, most rumors stem from wishful thinking. When a team does actually change locations, it is among the biggest stories in sports, but it is often forgotten when franchises came incredibly close to relocating. In the NHL, many teams have come close to moving and, for one reason or another, stayed put.

We'll look at those near misses, close calls, and fervent relocation rumors in times when NHL teams almost called another city home. Times when the Edmonton Maple Leafs, Houston Oilers, Nashville Devils, Hamilton Predators, and others seemed bound to take the ice. 

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