Question 2: Realistically, how likely do you think the Calgary Flames would actually relocate?
Unlikely. The fans in Calgary are too loyal and too much of a quality fanbase for the team to move. We would never let that happen. I am confident that one way or another this thing will work itself out.
Zero, zero, zero chance. Put it this way: The Arizona Coyotes haven’t moved despite losing the NHL millions each year and finishing last in attendance most years.
There’s zero way the Flames are moving when they sell out every game and have proven to be one of hockey’s most epic markets.
I hate to say it, but I could see it happening. Quebec City is a market ready to roll, with a beautiful brand new building. Seattle or Portland is a potential NHL market that could entice the ownership group. Yeah, the possibility of relocation is there and its the ABSOLUTE last resort
If the Mayor Nenshi wants to play hard ball, making unrealistic demands for a team in dire need of a new arena, his team could walk out the city doors.
I don’t think they would. At some point, either the owners or Nenshi will cave. But I really don’t see the Flames relocating, especially in such a big hockey market town.