With the NHL season finally on our doorstep, there are still several unknowns. Perhaps the largest question is where the Canadian teams will play this season if their government does not allow them to play in their country. The NHL has mentioned the possibility of the teams having to play in the United States.
If this idea were to happen, we don't know what plans they would consider. Perhaps they would play in current NHL arenas and share with an existing team, or perhaps they would play in NHL-ready arenas that do not currently host a major league hockey team. Well the latter possibility is the one we like most, so lets play around a little with that. Obviously, these are just our thoughts, and you may disagree with them and that is fine. We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Lets get started.
The Saddledome just makes me think of Texas, but in Canada. Well it turns out, we have a Texas right here in America, and they have an NHL ready arena in Houston.
The Oilers need to move south, and there aren't a lot of NHL-ready arenas directly south of them, so we found a place one time-zone east that was built with NBA and NHL in mind but has never had a home team. The recently renamed T-Mobile Center in Kansas City.
I am sure Habs fans won't like this, and I don't blame you, but the rust bucket of Brooklyn has housed an NHL team up until this year, and without fans, the seating layout and off-center scoreboard won't be a problem.