Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Kansas City Penguins?

Eric Duhatschek has a column in the Globe Mail discussing the possibility of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team relocating to Kansas City.
The scenario where the Penguins absolutely stay and survive in Pittsburgh requires that the Isle Of Capri — and not two other suitors — end up with the slots license.

If not, then all bets are off; and the Penguins could be on the move; and if they do go, they would most likely end up in that hockey hotbed of Kansas City, Missouri.
I've been jonesing for some professional hockey since The Blades skated out of town. And this scenario would certainly solve a lot of problems for the KCMO powers that be that built an arena without a tenant.

Here's more from the column:
As a scenario, it looks startlingly similar to the flight of the Quebec Nordiques to Colorado following the 1994-95 season, when Marcel Aubut's ownership group couldn't figure out a way to get the government to pay for a new building in his city either. Denver had previously failed as an NHL town; the woeful Rockies left in the early 1980s to become the New Jersey Devils.

The second time around proved to be a charm for Denver, however, largely because the new team was an emerging NHL powerhouse, as opposed to the ridiculously mediocre expansion team they had in their first incarnation.
"Ridiculously mediocre" - Heh, that would fit right in with the Chiefs and Royals.

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  1. I would LOVE to have the Penguins here...

  2. I hope this happens, but I still think it's 100 to 1.

  3. I tell you -- I'm a hockey nut, and the Penguins are the future. They have two young studs: Evgeni Malkin, fresh from smoking Eastern Europe's NHLers in the 03 World Cup, and Sidney Crosby -- the NHL's Second Coming. And not in the "Eric Lindros" sense. In the "has a shot at Gretzky's record" sense.


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