Seems like "non-market" teams aren't the only ones who hate this thing:
I wrote something about it on SBN Atlanta that has gotten some of the usual Peg-troll comments, along with voices of fans that I like to think're in the majority: people who want a team but not at the expense of someone else's. I, of course, think that it's tacky and unprofessional that a network like TSN would do this. Glad to see that others agree.
BReynolds from Hockey Wilderness takes TSN to task too. It's eloquent, and carries some weight because it comes from someone who is in probably the biggest hockey state in the US - he's not calling for us to move. He's calling for TSN to back off too. He's a fan of an expansion team as well as a team that was drug off to a market that, at the time, made no sense, so he gets both sides of the argument. It's more than worth a read. Here's a taste.
The lesson I was referring to earlier was learned when I came to SBNation. I held a strong belief that hockey did not belong in the south. I did not know there were passionate fans in those markets. All I knew was that they couldn't sell out their buildings, and that irritated me. I was all for moving the Coyotes back to Winnipeg, the Hurricanes back to Hartford, and the Stars could come home, and hockey in Florida? Really?
Then I met the fans, I met the people covering the sport in those markets (ahem, Russo), and I learned about the markets. The reason markets like Phoenix aren't working? Terrible, horrible, almost criminal mismanagement of the business side of the game. It is not the product on the ice, and it is not for lack of love of the game. It is the fornt office, and they needed to be called out for it.