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Portland Could Be The Coyotes New Home

Gallacher, you see, is the current owner of the WHLs Portland Winterhawks. And unlike Seattle frequently mentioned as a potential relocation/expansion market Portland already has an NHL-caliber arena in the Rose Garden.

The Portland metro area, with an approximate population of 2.2 million, isnt as big as Seattles (est. 3.5 million); however, its larger than current NHL markets like Columbus and Raleigh.

With no NFL or MLB team, Portland also wouldnt have the same competition for the sports dollar that the NHL would face in Seattle.

Again, this all speculation. Even if Gallacher were to buy the Coyotes, it doesnt mean hed move it to Portland, where he already has a successful junior franchise.

For more on this story visit: Jason Brough, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk


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