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Old 09-13-2017, 04:11 PM   #161
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I would cheer for the Seattle Flames.

Those are my boys, I could never cheer for another team.

Those of you saying you would choose to cheer for Edmonton...Jesus Christ that's sad.
The funny part about that is that the Oilers did the EXACT same thing these Flames fans are so angry at Calgary for

Now they are gonna go cheer for them, that will teach those greedy billionaires!
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:30 PM   #162
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Everybody is getting waayyy ahead of themselves with this thread.
Well the OP did mention it was hypothetical.

For me that would end my interest in the NHL. I'd likely watch a bit of playoffs and save my dollars and time for other winter pursuits. The biggest reason I don't watch NFL is because I find it tough to follow sports without a local team. Hockey wouldn't be much different.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:44 PM   #163
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The Flames/King announcement had nothing to do with Seattle as a ploy. That was a coincidence.

Ya that's one hell of a "Coincidence"
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:45 PM   #164
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Would probably be done with the NHL completely if it happened. I grew up in Calgary watching the Flames. The Calgary Flames are probably the biggest part of my identity as a sports fan, both due to relating to the team and also the city. Without half of that equation it wouldn't be the same. And I hate all the other Canadian teams so I'd just pull the plug on NHL hockey.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:57 PM   #165
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Ya that's one hell of a "Coincidence"
IMO Nenshi's announcement and statement had a lot more to do with it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:04 PM   #166
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I think that is hard to say without it actually happening.

I am a fan of the Calgary Flames team and that has built up over the 20 years that I haved lived in Calgary. I moved from BC and it took a while to get to like the Flames (partly because they sucked terribly when I got here. I would have a hard time cheering for the Canucks, Oilers or Jets right away and probably would follow the team wherever they went (even if it was a second team in Toronto!). But as the players moved on, I am sure my allegiences would switch.

When I lived in Prince George, I was as much a fan of the Cougars and followed the WHL as much as the NHL. I wonder if I would become a Hitmen fan again (which is the team I followed the most when I moved to Calgary).

I was a huge Expos fan before they left Montreal. I tried to get behind the Nationals, but they didn't do well in Washington to start with. And although I loathed the Jays, I have grown to like the only Canadian baseball team - mostly because of the team and because of their success.

I hope it doesn't come to fruition.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:12 PM   #167
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Like many have said, it's not going to happen. Why in God's holy name would the BoG approve moving a money making franchise? Remember, all the owners need to approve a move.

If by some miracle they moved, I think there would be a lineup of about 1,000 billionaires across the globe ready to put a new team in Calgary. It's a cash cow.

I'd likely start following/supporting the new professional hockey club in Calgary if it were to happen. I'd obviously be interested to see how the players I've become fond of like Monahan and Tkachuk are doing, and I would cheer for them individually, but not as a club.

The Flames make money. They want the city to subsidize a rink so they can make MORE money by charging us, the fans, more. Not cool.
They wouldn't approve the move:

1) Put the Rogers TV deal at risk, which is a massive money maker for the league.
2) Move a profitable Franchise when owners like Carolina, Florida, Islanders and Phoenix are struggling? Yeah, good luck with those owners voting to approve the move. They will probably have their own deals in place to move to Seattle.
3) Growing Canadian Dollar (at least in the near term). With the dollar expected to continue to grow as interest rates climb, the Canadian franchises look considerably better. They make even more $$$ for the league.

I know Estrada trotted out the Raiders deal, but there just isn't the same type of market for NHL teams as there are NFL teams. It isn't even close. I mean the last round of interest should have told them as much with Vegas only being able to pony up the $500 million they needed. Aside from Quebec, there just wasn't that much other interest in owning an NHL team.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:15 PM   #168
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I definitely wouldn't follow the team to Seattle. It would probably massively impact my interaction with the NHL if the team moved. I've been working the past several years on becoming more of a 'hockey' fan than just a 'Flames' fan: watching lots of other games, trying to become a fan of different players, and so on.

But the emotion just isn't there the way it is if the Flames are playing and it certainly wouldn't be there if they moved. I'd definitely cancel my Centre Ice package, that's for sure.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:28 PM   #169
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I would Cheer for another Canadian team before cheering for them.

If the oilers figured it out the flames and calgary will too
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Nope, not a chance. I cheer for the Calgary Flames, period.
What if they changed their name to the Rocky View No. 44 Flames?
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:03 PM   #171
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I spend a lot of time in Seattle, so yes. I'll physically follow the Flames to their new digs.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:31 PM   #172
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Hell no, this would be my out to finally support a team that actually wins stuff.
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Hell no, this would be my out to finally support a team that actually wins stuff.

If you are looking for permission to take leave of the Flames bandwagon you can have mine.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:22 PM   #174
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We're probably less than a decade from Women's rules anyway, so I'd just cut my losses the second they leave, and take up woodworking or something. Because once hitting and fighting are banned, and cages mandated, we're no longer watching the game of warriors, it's soccer on ice. It's debatable it even has that warrior reputation anymore. And as others have alluded to, NHL athletes minus very few exceptions, have got to be the most boring, cliched bunch of dummies in sports.I don't think I've seen a meaningful intermission interview in 5 years. They might as well roll out a sound board with a picture of Johnny Gaudreau on it, that Roger Millions pushes buttons on after he asks each question. "110%, end to end, gutsy effort.... error...error....error"

The softer the game gets, the more interest I lose. So my interest in the NHL has been waning as it is. So in reality, if they leave, I'd probably be way more productive in the little free time I get, so it would be a good thing.
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Old 09-13-2017, 07:33 PM   #175
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What if they changed their name to the Rocky View No. 44 Flames?
Hmm... that's a tough one. Not a fan of Calaway Park and Crossiron Mills.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:12 PM   #176
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:25 PM   #177
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Would the Oilers put the Alberta patch on both shoulders? I'd unfortunately run out of toilet paper. Can't wipe your ass with a flag on it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:46 PM   #178
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Umh. Tough question. I wouldnt cheer for Edmonton. I would probably be choked enough by the flames leaving that I would be temporarily unable to watch hockey. I would initially do it "on principal", and then slowly come back to watch. I would probably support the Seattle flames, until we got a different crappy franchise to relocate back to Calgary, in the beginning stages of a rebuild, and then I would pretend that THEY we're the original flames franchise and that they never left in the first place. I would say rediculous things like "iginla was the best player the franchise ever had", and then go postal when someone corrected me and told me that he never played with this franchise. You know, loser denial.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:40 AM   #179
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Soooo... is this thread... ummm... how do you call it... sponsored market research?
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:45 AM   #180
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Lol @ this thread Flames are going nowhere , if the team made it thru the 90's and a 60 cent dollar there is no chance they will move now. A Arena will be built this is all a part of negotiations.
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