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NBC’s Dan Patrick: NHL to Vegas by 2016

Aug 28, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

Dan Patrick believes the NHL will be in Las Vegas by 2016.

Patrick’s comments are in addition to a story which appeared in the Vancouver Province on Tuesday.

Speaking on his radio show, the Football Night in America host says the Arizona Coyotes or Carolina Hurricanes could relocate. Patrick added that Vegas and Seattle could also be targets for expansion franchises should relocation not occur.

Patrick’s comments come despite the league saying Wednesday that there is nothing imminent on the expansion front.

So if there’s nothing new on the expansion front, perhaps Patrick is onto something in terms of relocation? Only time will tell.

  1. btlpper68 - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    DAN Patrick? The guy that knows almost nothing about hockey so has to call on Jeremy roenick?

    • avfanforlife - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Dan Patrick – ALWAYS wrong when it comes to anything NHL related…
      “…It’s been reported as a Done Deal…”
      Is he actually using Tony Gallagher as his source? HA

  2. beepbeepbeeplgb - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    exactly, i love the show and listen to every episode but that dude knows as much about hockey as i do astrophysics (not much). he doesn’t even mention the sport until about April. not saying it couldn’t happen but DP is not a very reliable source. he should stick to reporting football and basketball like he does 99% of the show.

  3. blynasty - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    I thought the whole purpose behind the 16-14 team skew between conferences was to eventually expand two teams into the Western Conference. Why would they relocate a team, especially from the East to Las Vegas? Wouldn’t it make more sense to go through expansion and add a team to Las Vegas and then a couple years later add a team to Seattle or add another Canada team? Of course I’m not Gary Bettman nor would I want to know what goes on inside his head.

    • nhstateline - Aug 28, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      let’s walk through it: move 1 eastern team: now a 15-15 split.

      add team to GTA: now 16-15 split and to fix that: add expansion team in Seattle now 16-16 split with two expansion fees and a weaker financial performer moved to hopefully a better market.

      Thus, the NHL gets billion or so in expansion fees and a team with revenue problems moves to ostensibly a better market, although that remains to be seen about Vegas.

      • dueman - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Except Toronto isn’t getting another team. Quebec City will be the city who gets the team. The doors to their new arena will be open roughly August of 2015…

      • nhstateline - Aug 29, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        Toronto is getting another team. What’s good for the Leafs is not necessarily good for the NHL and that logic is gaining momentum. And the way Toronto gets another team is the way Baltimore-Washington got the Expos: buy off the established team by giving them an extra fee for putting a team in their territory then give them control of the in market media rights for both teams for a relatively long period of time. Having three teams in NY-NJ and two is SoCal but only one in the GTA, where like 25% of the CDN population actually lives and there is all that media power and money just like there is in NY/LA, makes no sense at all. Toronto works because there are enough companies to buy suites, enough wealthy individuals to buy club seats, a population to fill the arena at the top of the NHL price structure nightly and a lot of eyeballs to drive the ad dollars/tv ratings and buy the merch.
        Now as for Quebec City – very small market. Which corporations are buying the luxury boxes beyond the Government of Quebec ? There aren’t enough wealthy individuals to sell the same level of club seats that other markets could. Given the great passion people in Quebec have for hockey selling tickets at a good price should be no problem but it will be less than what could be gotten in the GTA. But what if the team’s horrible for a few years then what happens ? And how well will weeknight home games do ? The out markets in that part of the province are far away meaning there won’t be the kind of tourism for those games that support the weekend ones. I like Quebec City as a place and the Quebecers are always kind, warm, wonderful people. The issue isn’t those things its revenue generated by putting a team in that market. I think Toronto with a second team or Houston or Saskatoon with a first team might make more economic sense. That said, the Nords had cool unis, I’d love to see those make a comeback……

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      The problem with Canada is the population density. There are frankly no more possibly locations OUTSIDE the eastern TZ. Toronto, Qubec, Hamilton – the best they cannhope for is relocating a failing WC team.

  4. pjblake2redwings - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    stick to blowing lebron and johnny football Dan Patrick

  5. hockeysox161 - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Why Carolina?

    • jpelle82 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      have you been to north carolina?

      • conorpatrick81 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Have you?

      • kaptaanamerica - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        The NHL doesn’t relocate franchises that have won a Stanley cup. It’s not going to happen. Arizona is staying exactly where it is for the minimum five years the new owners agreed to.

        The NHL will want expansion fees. That’s where the big money is, and what the owners want. The value of each franchise will go up accordingly.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        just to be clear… i love it there, i spent 3 years of my younger life in onslow county and just spent a week on vacation in emerald isle. i’m down there a couple times a year, i have family in elizabeth city. my wife’s grand daddy was a tobacco farmer. i’ve been up and down both sides of the state though mostly eastern…all i’m saying is north carolina doesnt scream “hockey town” anywhere and the people outside of a few hipsters or c’meres in raleigh dont care about the canes. they’re struggling and are in the basement as far as valuation, sales, attendance behind florida for crying out loud. ownership was swimming in debt for a while (not sure whats going on these days). wouldnt surprise me one bit if they moved.

      • caniac4ever - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Attendance behind Florida? Dude, get your head out of your ass. I’m glad you have made sand castles on the NC coast, but until you have been to Raleigh and seen how big the fan base for the Hurricanes is, keep your opinions to yourself. It might not be a hockey hot bed, but fans support the Hurricanes and they aren’t going anywhere.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        ok homer. i’ve been to raleigh, several times for business. in the triangle people care about Jesus and college basketball. i see the typical 20 and 30 something year old drunk white kids in pubs sporting beards who think they know hockey because they’ve had a team for a whole decade and think chantel mccabe is hot, those are the fans i see, and they’re an odd minority as far as the population goes. what is the population there anyway? a million or so metro, not a big market my friend. they are valued less than florida, florida’s franchise is worth more money, sorry i wasnt clear enough, truth hurts though i know. sorry they suck too, winning would certainly help but i dont see that happening any time soon.

      • storminator16 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        To have so many opinions. Your brain must hurt.

      • flyerspsu - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM

        yes, they far more deserve a team than the Florida Panthers

    • storminator16 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      If one thing I’ve learned over the past decade or so, Dan Patrick doesn’t like Peter Karmanos and the move from Hartford. Whenever he brings up Carolina, it is usually a weird conversation. Nothing to see here.

  6. JoeAvg - Aug 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Here we go again!

    Dan Patrick? Who cares?

  7. shanekelleytx - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Dan Patrick is good to listen to…except for hockey.

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      i agree. i love the format of the show, the guests, the crew, but WAYYYY too much basketball and football talk. he always says “the regular season for hockey and basketball don’t matter”, which for the most part is true, but yet he still will talk about basketball every single day and never mention hockey.

  8. Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I think Danicka Patrick knows more than this guy.

    • JoeAvg - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Certainly easier on the eyes.

      • 19to77 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Well-chirped, gentlemen. Well-chirped.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Well, she certainly does know there’s no “k” in her first name.

  9. 19to77 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Yeah, no. The NHL is going down kicking and screaming as far as Arizona is concerned. And Carolina? That’s… random. An expansion to Vegas is looking very likely, but even that probably won’t happen in the next two years.

  10. longlivethewhale - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    I usually want guys like Dan Patrick to talk more about hockey and the NHL…but clearly he needs to stick to football

  11. conorpatrick81 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    This is complete bs. Carolina isn’t leaving here anytime soon. However, Peter Karmanos still may be gearing up to put his majority share of the team up for sale. I say to that, how soon can he have his bags packed. An owner who called his own team’s Stanley Cup Chamionship “lucky” has no business being here in my eyes and I think Caniacs all over would agree. He doesn’t care about this team. New ownership would be a blessing.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      he’s been trying to sell since 2008 hasnt he? there’s a reason no one’s buying…

      • storminator16 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        He has sold shares in the team. He isn’t trying to sell his team since 2008.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        you mean he’s duped new partners to help pay down debt….because no one wants to take it off his hands

  12. letsgocaps88 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I truly believe the only reason why he even mentions hockey is NBCSN. ” Check out tonight an original 6 matchup with the New york rangers vs the boston bruins on NBCSN live 7 pm tonight.” Now back to basketball.

  13. vstar1us - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I have a wart that knows more about Hockey than D.P.
    But anywho he is funny……..

  14. timmons94 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Move Carolina back to Hartford where they belong

  15. jernster21 - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Florida would move before Carolina would. Carolina? Who knows where that even came from….

  16. heynyc61 - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Carolina doesn’t have attendance issues. They need a better team to have consistent sell outs. But no way they move

    • deeboy - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Carolina usually hovers around #20 in attendance. Considering they haven’t made the playoffs in 5 years, that isn’t bad. Win and the building will fill up. The market size in NC is growing very fast. Wake County (the county Raleigh is in) just passed 1 million people. Then you add in the surrounding counties, I bet you have over 2 million people within 1 hour of the arena…

      Carolina isn’t going anywhere (unless they continue to do an Edmonton Oilers impersonation)

  17. heynyc61 - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Why would any team wanna go to Hartford. It’s a dump

    • letsgocaps88 - Aug 29, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      so is Newark , NJ

  18. tmoore4075 - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Sorry I just don’t see the Canes going anywhere. Why? They have a strong owner, who moved them there himself, a nice arena that is theirs, and a decent fan base. Sure it’s not a traditional hockey market, but there are other places where relocation makes a hell of a lot more sense, FLA and AZ anyone?

    Sadly I think he might be right about Vegas. Where there is smoke there is fire…. Toronto is not happening at this next wave of new teams. Where would they go? Markham shot down the arena there so there is no arena anywhere being planned right now as far as I know. I see FLA relocating to Quebec, expand to Seattle (when they are ready) and Vegas. Arizona if they ever relocate, Kansas City maybe? This gets you the 16-16 split that everyone wants.

  19. El Pollo Loco - Aug 29, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Dan Patrick does Adam Sandler movies.That’s all you need to know

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