The Jets and the Nordiques suffered from being the smallest markets by quite a ways in the league - and they still would be if they got new or relocated teams. I think the NHL at the time was really gunning for lucrative media deals, which are hard to get in cities with ~650k people. They also were having arena issues (as in, the cities/provinces wouldn't pony up for new areas). I can't remember what happened with the North Stars or Whalers.
No announcement yet.
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