While the bulk of Bleacher Report NHL section hums over the Anaheim Ducks "non- existent goal" and the filing of Chapter 11 by the Phoenix Coyotes I chose, after a long hiatus to share to explain to the community why starting the rumor mill now is useless.
By all means get excited at the prospect of a move to your community, but seriously wake up and smell the coffee beans. For myself, a Kansas City native, I drool at the prospect of an NHL franchise there (yes, Canada is more deserving, I admit) but I didn't go stark raving insane in the streets that the Penguins, and then later Islanders became rumored to move to my beloved old hometown. Instead I waited patiently and realized it wasn't going to happen. Just like the Coyotes to Hamilton, or London, or Po-Dunk No-where Ontario. Canadian or American, it's not going to happen.
At least not with Gary Bettman in the drivers seat.
Would I like to see the old Jets come back? Sure. Am I gonna hold my breath? Um...No
Seriously people, many of you are college educated, or obtaining such a degree. We are considered young, talented, logical individuals and yet when it comes to our sports, our teams, and even our nations identity with such sports we become totally insane.
The Bottom line is Bettman stands by the warm climate teams, failed or not. They are his pet prize. How many Canadian's and even American's would have wanted the Ducks moved to a colder climate and called them dead? Many, including myself. Yet now they stand poised (regardless of opinion) to knock off giant number two in the playoffs and move on chasing their second Stanley Cup since 2007.
My point? Bettman may be wrong on keeping the Coyotes in Phoenix, and in truth I don't even agree fully with keeping the team in Arizona, but let's face facts that much of Bettman's warm climate theory has worked. The Dallas Stars are a usual dominant force, San Jose ran away with the season (and took a dump in the playoffs) and Anaheim is the proverbial pit bull of the Pacific Division thanks to Brian Burke's guidance.
Phoenix may be a failure now, but with some proper tender loving care from Bettman he likely feels the Coyotes would be a success. He has the proof with many other warm climate teams.
Don't hold your breath waiting for Wayne Gretzky to pack up the U-Haul and come back north. With Bettman in the drivers seat the Coyotes will stay put. So for the love of all thing in print, stop writing useless explanations of why your Canadian city is the future home and smell the desert. Bettman will keep his pups in the sand.
Ken Armer is the NHL Community Coordinator for Bleacher Report and also serves as the Community Leader for the Dallas Stars. He can be contacted on his profile or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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