NHL on TSN Quiz: Another NHL team in Toronto? When?

TSN.ca Staff
11/11/2009 8:30:51 PM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers from TSN's hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature.

Question 1: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says another NHL team in Southern Ontario is within the realm of possibility. With or without the Toronto Maple Leafs' support, when do you think a second franchise will be born in the Greater Toronto Area - 2015, 2020 or never?

Bob McKenzie - 2020. I'm not sure the NHL's position has ever officially changed, because in the past Bill Daly has said with or without the Leafs' support or approval, they may look at a team in Southern Ontario. But I think our perception has changed because of the Phoenix situation and the bankruptcy case all summer long. I think it will be at least six years, maybe longer than that - if it's going to happen at all.

Craig MacTavish - 2015. I think it could even be sooner than that. if the league can't find a suitable owner for the Phoenix Coyotes, I think the league will be pressed to put the team in Toronto. And why not?  It's a great hockey market, an underserved market so let's get a team there.

Ray Ferraro - I think it's 2015 as well. From a revenue standpoint, the sooner the league can get a team into a market like that, the better. There's an inevitability to it and the league will be better for it.

Question 2: Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere says he'd rather retire than be a backup. What's your career advice to Giguere - play better, support No. 1 goalie Jonas Hiller, demand a trade or just retire and join the NHL on TSN panel?

Bob McKenzie - I would say play better. As John Tortorella would have phrased it in The Quiz last year, "Shut up and play better!" He's a $6 million cap hit, he's not playing well enough to make himself marketable and I think that comment he made was a public trade demand. But he's gotta play better for anything to happen.

Ray Ferraro - I'll say he's going to have to support Jonas Hiller because really - he doesn't have any choice. He can't play better because he's not on the ice and he certainly won't take a pay cut to some work on the panel! He's just going to have to support Hiller.

Craig MacTavish - He's just got to play better. The best advice to give him right now is that attitude has a giant influence over a goaltender's ability. If he gets his attitude back, focus on being a better goalie and be a good teammate - and doesn't worry about the outside distractions - thing will turn around.

Question 3: General managers discussed the possiblity of getting rid of the trapezoid on the ice and letting the goaltenders wander again to play the puck. And they said no to it. What do you think - should they kill the trapezoid and give the goalies the freedom to walkabout?

Craig MacTavish - Kill the trapezoid. The forecheckers are going in through the neutral zone uncontested - flying in - and it's a very difficult position to put a defenceman in. It won't completely help a defenceman from getting run, but it will help a little bit.

Bob McKenzie - Eliminate the trapezoid. I would allow the goaltender to play the puck in the corner, but it's the rim shots behind the net and not being able to stop those - that's what you want to prevent.

Ray Ferraro - I agree. You can't go into the trapezoid to play the puck. Make it smaller so guys can get to the corner and help the defencemen with those soft chips into the corner.

The NHL on TSN panelists have made their selections, now it's your turn on the Your Call feature below!

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