NHL Expansion? Here's some teams that could be contracted or merged

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Apr 13, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Tim Thomas (30) pushes Phoenix Coyotes left wing Paul Bissonnette (12) to the ice during the second period at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4: Dallas Stars/Arizona Coyotes

2013-14 Home Attendance Avg.: Dallas – 14,658 (79.1 pct capacity), Arizona – 13,775 (80.4 pct. capacity)

Solution: Merger/Relocation

Here are two Western conference teams that could be merged and then relocated to Las Vegas. The Stars should have never been moved to Dallas in the first place, and the Coyotes should probably be known as the Winnipeg Jets right now.

Dallas broke a 4-year streak of futility by finally getting back into the playoffs last season, only to be ousted in the quarterfinals by the Anaheim Ducks. Arizona has had one true season of any greatness since leaving Winnipeg, and that was a division championship in 2011-12.

If the fans in Arizona and Texas won’t support these teams, then maybe the hockey-hungry fans in Las Vegas (did I just type that?) will cash in a few chips for some hockey tickets. Just mash the two rosters together, have a playoff-like shootout for roster spots, and send the castoffs to the minors (giving that league a boost in talent).

How expensive could it be to charter a few semi-trailers to pack up both clubs in the middle of the night and hit the Vegas strip? Someone call Robert Irsay.

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