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Report: Maloofs met with Bettman about buying an NHL team

Apr 12, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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The soon-to-be-former owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings — the Maloof family — have met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about buying a hockey team, “with Las Vegas among the possible destinations,” according to a report in the Sacramento Bee.

Nothing else was reported on the NHL angle, as the story was mostly about the Kings’ potential move to Seattle. (Which could have other NHL implications.)

Even though it’s just a meeting, and we’re sure the commissioner has had meetings about all sorts of relocation/expansion possibilities, the story at at least gives us another opportunity to ponder how the NHL would fare in Vegas, which would obviously be a market like no other.

Would it be mostly locals that went to games, or would it be tourists?

Would the casinos have to take their NHL odds off the boards?

Would any of the Colorado Avalanche request a trade there?

Would there be a buffet?

Related: Las Vegas wants to build an NHL-ready arena

  1. tfaltin - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Would any team there have a perfect home record because their opponents would be too spent from the strip?

    Would Jagr sign for a below market-value deal?

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      They could pay him in casino markers

  2. tmoore4075 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    While so many call Bettman an idiot, he wouldn’t ignore Quebec or Seattle for Vegas. Especially if it was the Coyotes. Kansas City I think has a higher chance of happening.

  3. govtminion - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Yes, let’s put another hockey team in the desert, it worked so well last time.

    • barkar942 - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      You want to add a team to the dessert table at the buffet?
      Oh, desert, as in sand! My bad.
      Sam Kinnison’s take on world hunger. Just replace the word food with fans.

  4. axisofweasels - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    yes, lets give another pro sports team to a bunch of cheapskates more concerned with profit over anything else and who ruined a basketball franchise, and put it in a worse non-traditional hockey market than phoenix.

    scru u bettman

  5. jkulha86 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    First thing that comes to mind when you say desert is hockey, obviously. You already have one desert team struggling to survive, so why not put another team in the desert? Add in the fact that Vegas is mostly a tourist town. It would be extremely difficult to establish a strong fan base.

  6. tfaltin - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Would tickets to the opening game fetch $20 on Pawn Stars?

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Sorry… best they can do is $12.50. I mean, they have to clean them up, find a spot to display them…. and even then they need to find a buyer. Maybe in the Gretzky days you could get $20 for opening day tickets, but they just don’t have people walking in looking for NHL tickets these days….

  7. rca26 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Forget the market for a second:

    The Maloofs should not be allowed anywhere NEAR the NHL. They are an absolute disaster of an ownership group, and would make Koules and Barrie look near-competent. They’ve just about single-handedly destroyed the Sacramento Kings franchise. Why anyone would consider talking to them about owning another Big 4 sports team is beyond me.

    Then again, this is Bettman we’re talking about.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Completely agree. I’ve met these guys, and they are douches comparable to Bettman. Knowing Bettman, he’s just doing this to try and get leverage with the city of Glendale or some other nefarious end. How did a sport like hockey end up with a commissioner like him?

  8. worldseriestiger - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    imagine that buffet at the games…how awesome would it be if it was only like $5 if you bought a ticket to the game and the arena was close to the strip? That right there could draw 15K per game…and no Evander Kane comments yet? well, there ya go

  9. supr49er - Apr 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Road Trip !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The stands will be full for the visiting teams. Winter roadies to Vegas are never a bad thing.

  10. tuberippin - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    If the Maloofs get to own an NHL franchise, that team’s market is screwed. Those guys are just a pair of rich douchebags who don’t know how to run a team well…look at how they’ve ruined the Sacramento Kings in the NBA.

  11. mclovinhockey - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Article “the kings moving to Seattle”
    Me: what the hell, they just won the cup, why would they move them out of LA…. Oh wait, the other sport kings. Oops

  12. godsmacked1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Please, enough with the US markets. Kansas City? Las Vegas? Seattle? They sure don’t sound like hockey hot beds. They’re thinking of putting a franchise that is struggling at the gate due to lack of interest in a new city that has no knowledge of the history of the game? Once the newness wears off, you’ll have another Phoenix/Atlanta situation again. Give Canada the next expansion/relocated team. Quebec deserves it more than any US city. Grow the game where it will be appreciated.

    • badintent - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Quebec ? Really ? so they can have more riots ? Maybe the Bloc can own them, then insist on seperating from the NHL. Have another donut Dbag

      • godsmacked1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        To stupid to come up with your own insult, a$$ wipe?

    • tuberippin - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Oh you Quebecois, always thinking of Quebec above all else. It’s not like the most successful NHL franchise is situated in Quebec or anything, but hey, let’s throw them another one before anyone else.

      How about we move the Coyotes to Hamilton like we should have done four years ago, and Quebec can go back to half-fighting for a sovereign Habitant nation?

      • godsmacked1 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Dude, I’m not from Quebec. I’m from the States. Forgive me for not being up on Canadian politics. Anywhere in Canada is fine with me.

      • tuberippin - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        Apologies then. I’m used to being around arrogant Quebecois.

        The issue with a lot of potential Canadian cities is somewhat similar to that of many potential US cities. A plurality of the potential Canadian cities have plenty of hockey fans, but not large populations overall. Most of the potential US cities have plenty of people, but not a large base of hockey fans. It’s a tough situation, and Gary Bettman being a terrible commissioner doesn’t help at all.

      • critter69 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        “A plurality of the potential Canadian cities have plenty of hockey fans, but not large populations overall. Most of the potential US cities have plenty of people, but not a large base of hockey fans.”

        An example, but in the opposite manner, of what ‘tuberippin’ was stating is Fort Wayne, Indiana. The city has had a minor league hockey team continously since 1952, which is an indication that it has a base of hockey fans. The problem is that Fort Wayne has about 255,000 population. And the arena that hockey is played in in Fort Wayne seats about 13,000, but also opened in 1952 (and no, the Coliseum was not constructed for the Komets, but for the Pistons [the NBA team now in Detroit]).

  13. jhuck92 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    The Maloofs ruined a franchise in another sport already. How/Why they think they can do better in a different sport is beyond me.

  14. blomfeld - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM


    I just knew there had to be a reason why the new NHL alignment appears to be out of skew. The Western Conference needs two new teams and they need them now! So I say Seattle and “luck be a lady” Vegas! It’s a complete “no-brainer” and all of you negative Q’s need to get with the program man! :)

  15. jdrew506 - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Blomfeld take Bettmans d-ck out of your mouth, no one can understand you.

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