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It appears that Bettman is on the verge of repeating a significant mistake when it comes to NHL expansion


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Austin Sabourin
June 5, 2023  (8:59 PM)
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Amidst the uncertainty surrounding the future of the Coyotes, discussions regarding potential relocation destinations are underway. Houston, Salt Lake City, and Kansas City are among the cities being considered.

However, a new contender has emerged in the form of Atlanta. Insider Elliotte Friedman has shed light on the NHL's serious contemplation of Alpharetta, a suburb of Atlanta, as a potential new home for the Coyotes. The catch, though, is that the construction of a suitable arena in Alpharetta is a prerequisite for this relocation to become a reality.
Friedman's statement on NHL expansion or relocation indicates a significant momentum building for Atlanta. The condition of a viable rink in Alpharetta adds legitimacy to the discussions.
While this move would not bring back the Atlanta Thrashers, it would mark the return of NHL hockey to Georgia—a state that has experienced unsuccessful ventures with the Flames and the Thrashers in the past. The NHL sees promise in the Atlanta market and is intrigued by the potential it holds.
Critics argue that instead of focusing on Alpharetta, the league should prioritize building a stadium within the heart of Atlanta itself. This approach would better resonate with the city's diverse population and align with the NHL's broader objective of expanding the game.
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It appears that Bettman is on the verge of repeating a significant mistake when it comes to NHL expansion

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