5. Quebec, Canada
Quebec has already proven that they can support an NHL team. And another team in Canada would be a good thing for the league in terms of making money. Even when Canadian teams are bad, they almost never have trouble selling out arenas. The Quebec Nordiques existed until they relocated to Colorado and became the Colorado Avalanche. Isn’t it time for the league to consider giving them another team?
There are several reasons that giving Quebec a second chance could work brilliantly for the league. First of all, let’s be honest, the Nordiques had the best jerseys. Who doesn’t want to see them on a regular basis? Sure, it might be a little awkward for the Avalanche if Quebec gets a team again, but it’s not like it’s that uncommon in sports – after all, Cleveland got an NFL team shortly after losing theirs to Baltimore.
Secondly, Quebec is an excellent hockey market. It’s a city that adores and lives hockey. Quebec is consistently among the top markets despite being a relatively small city in comparison to other cities that host a hockey team. It might not be as attractive of a market as Las Vegas, but the league could do far worse than Quebec. They deserve a hockey team.