Ranking the Cities Most Likely to Get a NHL Team Next

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The folks who own sports teams are a pretty well-heeled bunch.
And though not every franchise rises to the level of the Dallas Cowboys or New York Yankees and their combined value of more than $16 billion, it’s safe to say that those paying the bills across MLB, the NBA and NFL won’t be scouring the couch cushions anytime soon.
It’s a similar story in the NHL, where the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings are worth at least $2 billion each, and the team on the lower end of the value spectrum—the Arizona Coyotes—is still good for a cool $500 million.
So, it’s no surprise that a lot of people in a lot of cities want to get in on the action.
It seems part of the league’s annual calendar that at least some time is spent talking about expansion or relocation, and it’s revved up in recent weeks with a group from Salt Lake City formally requesting a start of the process to add a new team while the Utah capital is simultaneously being suggested as an ideal landing spot for the Coyotes.
Such chatter is all the excuse the B/R hockey team needs to take a look at the issue in its own way, which means ranking the six cities most likely to be next in line to get an NHL team, regardless of method.

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