Ranking the NHL Teams Most Likely to Face Contraction

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Ranking the NHL Teams Most Likely to Face Contraction
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Could the Phoenix Coyotes be headed for contraction in the NHL?

It is not the most popular of topics.

It is harsh. It will be painful for those involved.

The subject is contraction in the NHL.

Forbes Magazines's most recent valuations pointed out that the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens make the majority of the money. Other teams like the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks also make a profit.

But there are several teams that have lost more than $10 million per year and it doesn't seem likely these teams will ever be successful on a long-term basis.

While we don't advocate contraction, here are six teams that could be contracted if the NHL ever decides to go that route.

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