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Interview With Jimmy Murphy On Relocation Rumors

Even though it’s been repeated over and over again the only plan in place for a team to come to Las Vegas is via expansion, the topic of relocation just won’t seem to go away.

The latest to stir the pot on relocation came from a tweet from ViceSports and Dirty Water Media‘s Jimmy Murphy.

Murphy believes the league is exploring all possibilities and still thinks relocation is an option at this point.

Here’s our full interview with Jimmy.

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EA Sports NHL 17 Allows Relocating Teams, Hint Hint?

We all know video game companies can do whatever they want with their games. Remember that cheat code to play as Bill and Hillary Clinton in NBA Jam?  The 42nd POTUS could drain three’s, Boomshakalaka. So when the news hit that EA Sports added an option to relocate NHL teams I hit up the hockey boards. I love reading the hockey community’s take on daily issues. I couldn’t believe how many comments suggested EA tipped the NHLs hand on relocation. It was like listening to “Conspiracy Theory Thursdays” on KXNT Radio.

EA Sports know gamers like more interaction than just playing the game. With the updated ‘Be a GM’ mode, NHL gamers can move teams to other cities. You want a team in Quebec? Move the Hurricanes to Quebec. Or maybe back to Hartford. How about Portland, Milwaukee or another team in Toronto? Well, EA Sports says have at it. It’s been an option in EA Sport’s Madden Football games for years. I’m sure someone has already moved the Raiders to Las Vegas.

We at the SinBin.vegas are 99.99999% confident that the NHL will award Las Vegas a franchise. I guess there’s still a very small chance The Creator buys a team and moves it to Southern Nevada.  We have heard dozens of rumors about the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, and Arizona Coyotes. Although, things are looking up in Arizona right?

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Guest Post: The Coyote Conspiracy, Relocation To Las Vegas Makes More Sense Than You Think

One of our goals here at SinBin.vegas is to be the voice of the valley when it comes to the NHL. In trying to do so we often have the opportunity to interact with some incredible people (and excellent writers) who are equally as passionate about hockey in Las Vegas as we are. Therefore, we wanted to give you, our readers, the opportunity to let your voice be heard via guest posts to the site.

Our next guest post comes from Eric Biro.

Las Vegas is getting a hockey team, just not how you think we are.

We all know Las Vegas is very likely getting an NHL team in the near future to play at the new T-Mobile Arena on the Strip. Bill Foley has got the money and desire to bring the NHL to Vegas and it looks like it’s happening soon.

But what if the team we’re all excited to watch is already playing? Down Highway 93 is the Arizona Coyotes, the constantly rumored relocation candidate. Every time a city or potential owner shows interest in purchasing an NHL team it’s going to be the Coyotes that gets relocated. It’s not a secret the Coyotes haven’t done well in the Valley of the Sun. Through poor ownership, bankruptcy, terrible on ice performances, etc. the Coyotes have always had a good base of support in the Phoenix Metro area. However, it’s never really been enough to financially support the team and keep the red ink off the Coyotes’ balance sheet.

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Not Shopping Hurricanes To Vegas, Good News For Expansion

Logic has always been that Quebecor, the company behind the efforts to bring the National Hockey League back to Quebec, would be better off being the landing spot for a current franchise in need of a new home.

The league has no interest in leaving the Phoenix market no matter how many columns guaranteed the Coyotes were Vegas bound last Summer. They may move out of Glendale eventually but the moving vans are not headed to Vegas, they will probably head to downtown Phoenix where the team belongsThe Panthers are staying in Surprise, Florida until at least 2023 thanks to a Broward County $86 million financial package.

That brings us to the Carolina Hurricanes who are filling only 65% of the PNC Arena. The obvious reason is because the Hurricanes will once again not take part in the postseason…which doesn’t inspire the folks of Raleigh to attend… which sparks talk of relocation. To give this proper perspective the Columbus Blue Jackets are second from the bottom while filling only 77.7% of the Nationwide Arena.

Owner Peter Karmanos has talked about how stupid it would be to leave with ten years on their lease which really just runs through 2024. He receives 100% of all parking and concessions for all non-North Carolina State events and a discount on utilities.  The reality is that no matter how good of a deal Karmanos has he needs to either fill his arena or sell the team which he has been trying to do for some time.

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Hurricanes Offer Vegas Interesting Fallback Plan

It seems like we’ve all come to the conclusion the league will expand and Las Vegas will be the recipient of a shiny new NHL franchise, the league’s 31st. But, that Gary Bettman is a tricky little (mean word of your choice) and as long as there has been an announcement there’s always the chance he and the league pull the plug on The Creator.

Our favorite Wyshynski, Greg Wyshynski, laid out a pretty nice backup plan if indeed the expansion rug is indeed pulled out from under Las Vegas.

It would even out the conferences at 15 and 15. It would give Vegas a team that’s closer to contention than an expansion draft would provide. And it would potentially take a team that’s losing money with ownership looking to get out to a city where revenues could be more consistent and new ownership. It does make a little sense. -Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy

In fact, it would actually get The Creator a team at a discounted rate, and if you aren’t buying the loose expansion draft rumors, Las Vegas could actually get a team closer to contending quicker via this route.

I’ll still argue that an expansion team has a much better chance at succeeding in the long term in the valley, but if the options are the Hurricanes or no one, I’m pretty sure we’re all on the same page with that answer.

We seem to have come far enough that expansion seems like almost an inevitability, but it’s always great to have a fail safe, and Peter Karmanos and the dumpster fire he created in Carolina might just be the perfect safety net.

We should note late last night Deputy Commish Bill Daly said there’s “no chance” the Hurricanes move to Quebec. But, that’s pretty much what he has to say, so we aren’t reading too deeply into it.

Imminent Arena Announcement For Coyotes Great News For Vegas

Remember way back when, there was some news that the Arizona Coyotes were picking up and leaving the Phoenix area to relocate here in Las Vegas? Well if you don’t, here’s the now clearly false story.

Talking to an Arizona radio station, Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc had some positive news to share about his franchise potentially getting a new home, and soon.

I’m very positive that we will have something out in the community if not in the next month or two but certainly by the end of the regular season. -Anthony LeBlanc

Why is this significant for Las Vegas? Because it shores up another situation that could have caused the league to have to move one or more of its franchises. With the Broward County deal bailing out the Panthers (and the fact they are dominating) and now this new stadium on the horizon, only the Carolina Hurricanes remain in a tumultuous position.

Speculation has been Quebec City may be a better place to move a team rather than be home to an expansion team. With just the one team left that might have move, the path is completely clear for the NHL to feel comfortable expanding their league and opening up shop in Las Vegas.

SinBin.vegas Podcast #4: Expansion or Relocation w/ Mark Warner

As the waiting game continues we have to start wondering if expansion is ever going to happen. Maybe the team will come via relocation. Mark Warner of The Vegas Hockey Podcast joins the show to discuss that and much more. Hosted by Ken Boehlke.

  • The badass music that kicks off the Vegas Hockey Podcast; where did it come from? Where do we get our own? Can we ever be as cool as Mark?
  • Vegas is the best, why do people continue to hate on us?
  • If one of the currently struggling franchises were to move to Las Vegas, which team would we most like to have?
  • Ken mistakes CBS Sports Football anchor Adam Zucker for Las Vegas hero Jason Zucker.
  • Mark offers up a brilliant (yet surprisingly simple) way to fix the traffic issues that will occur outside the stadium.
  • Which coaches should The Creator be looking at when we do get a team in Las Vegas?
  • More team name discussion. Here is the link we reference.
  • Free plugs galore for Mark. Here’s his Twitter, his website, the new radio network he’s on, his Facebook, his Soundcloud, and of course, his iTunes link.

And much more…

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