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Friedman Makes a Major Statement Regarding NHL Expansion

Published June 5, 2023 at 3:08 PM
BY TJ TUCKER
Ever since the Arizona Coyotes lost a vote that would have seen a new home of the team built in Tempe, the NHL has run wild with rumours of where the team might be going and who is next in line when the league decides to expand again. Sportsnet Insider Elliotte Friedman believes he has the answer.

"Very Real"



According to Friedman, the chatter around a new team in Atlanta is very real and gaining momentum. Friedman states if a new arena can be built in Alpharetta, the city may have its new team. Alpharetta is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.


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Third Time's a Charm?



As many hockey fans already know, a new team in Atlanta would not be the first, or even second time the NHL has tried expanding to the city. The Atlanta Flames existed from 1972 to 1980, when the team was moved to Calgary. The Atlanta Thrashers played in the NHL from 1999 to 2011, before relocating to Winnipeg to become the Jets Version 2. In both cases, attendance was an issue, but so was the way the team was managed.

There's been too much talk about Atlanta lately from credible sources to ignore the rumours. It seems the NHL is at least looking at the city for potential expansion. The big task will be getting the right group behind it.
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