Should the NHL contract to 20 teams? (Puck Daddy)

Back in 2008, Yahoo! Sports NHL writer Ross McKeon suggested that the League should contract some teams; and by "some teams", he meant the entire Southeast Division. The idea was blasted by Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis , and I still agree with him: You don't create new hockey fans by abandoning markets or retreating to safer, "traditional" havens out of fiscal desperation. The contraction debate for the NHL always leads to hypocrisy and shortsightedness, as well as to the lazy demonization of still-gestating markets in the U.S. Tom Van Riper of Forbes.com covers hockey now and again , and claims the NHL's best hope for sustained success is to contract to 20 teams.

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