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Columnist: ‘Is a separatist owner good NHL business?’

Mar 12, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT


Sportsnet’s Mark Spector has written a thought-provoking column on billionaire Pierre Karl Peladeau, who we’ve referenced previously on the pages of PHT as the potential, if not likely, owner of an NHL expansion team in Quebec City.

If you like expansion speculation, the column’s worth a read, because if you didn’t hear, Peladeau just announced his candidacy for election with the Parti Québécois, a provincial party that advocates the separation of Quebec from Canada.

Writes Spector:

In the past, NHL owners have made some curious decisions when it comes to whom they award franchises to. In Peladeau’s case, his political leanings could hurt the Canadian dollar, either in the short or long term. That would cost NHL owners money, plain and simple, and could cost the owners in Montreal a boatload of money.

Will the current 30 owners want a man in their midst whose every political move could devalue their own franchise? A man whose market would slot in as one of the smaller ones in the NHL, and a decent candidate to be on the wrong side of revenue sharing within the decade?

Translation: Peladeau’s political aspirations may be bad news for hockey fans in Quebec, and good news for hockey fans in Seattle and Las Vegas.

At the very least, the news — combined with the falling Canadian dollar — has tempered our previously high expectations that the Nordiques are bound to be reborn sooner or later.

Related: Is the NHL getting closer to putting a team in Vegas?

  1. esracerx46 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Please don’t put a team in Vegas. Seattle, QC, KC…in that order. Relocation or expansion, doesn’t matter.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      wait, you’d like a team in Kansas before Washington or QC? or am I reading your list backwards?

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        I think you mistook the period after “Vegas” for a comma.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        sure did. good call. was thinking he didn’t want a team in any of those cities.

      • esracerx46 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Sorry for the confusion.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    The seperatist movement seems a ways away from “ramping up,” if it does at all. Plus the next election will be done before QC would be getting a team regardless. Taking the temperature of seperatism at that point is more logical than doing so now.

    Besides it’s only fair that English Canada gets a vote on whether or not we want Quebec before they get ANOTHER referendum. That’s a little quasi-sarcasm for ya.

  3. runhigh24 - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Quebec is kind of like the American south: They talk funny, want to separate from the rest of the country and have an overvalued sense of their own worth.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      this and mrmojo’s 2nd paragraph lmao’d me.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        but I was really hoping to hear a Canadian’s take on this. the Canadian politics are over my head here.

    • therealjr - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      You must be confusing the south with the Northeast.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      • chunkala - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM

        Yeah, because all the great schools are in the Southeast, right?
        You have Vandy and Florida (stretching it).
        Check out the contribution of NE states as compared to SE states in terms of US GDP.

      • therealjr - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        They talk funny, want to separate from the rest of the country and have an overvalued sense of their own worth.

        If I could have only heard you say that you’d be 3 for 3.

    • themagicman1223 - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      The majority of people in Quebec don’t want to separate from Canada, the only reason bulldog Pauline Marois was elected is because of the invention of the CAQ which watered down the votes of federalists and separated them. It’s funny how people who have no clue what’s happening tend to generalize and think that everyone is a separatist. Which is far from the case, the separatist movement is never going to work in Quebec, especially in the world that we live in today.

      • themagicman1223 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        To make it worse the cow Marois has just gone on record saying that if she separates from Canada she wants to keep the Canadian dollar and have basically all the same advantages as if the province were still Canadian. She’s an idiot, just an absolute knucklehead. I hate this movement in Quebec, it’s just ridiculous.

  4. mrpinkca - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I really don’t see how his political opinions affect his viability as an NHL owner. There are lots of ways that the separation movement and affects (effects?) potential expansion franchises. But that is the case regardless of whether the owner is Peladeau or Chebacca.

    Unless being a separatist means that you think television hurts ticket revenue or that Rick DiPietro absolutely needs a 15 year contract, it really has no impact on his ability to own an NHL franchise.

    • moarjam - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Read the article…

      His political opinions, if enacted, would hurt the Canadian dollar.. which would lose the owners a lot of money.. which would be bad for the NHL..

      So in this case, his political opinions absolutely effect his viability as an NHL owner.

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