The Boston Bruins officially put a bow on the 2017-18 season on Wednesday morning when owner and chairman Jeremy Jacobs, CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely addressed the media at TD Garden in their annual end-of-season press conference. While the Bruins management group reflected on a season that exceeded the expectations, it still had to face the fact that it ended in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, where the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Bruins in five games.
There were also other hot topics discussed and one of them is making headlines as Jacobs, who is also the NHL Board of Governors chairman, made shocking comments that are a cause for controversy now, about the ongoing expansion talks and what it could be for one specific city.
As reported by Bruins insider Jimmy Murphy, who shared the information on his Twitter account, Jacobs has revealed that according to market studies, based on television ratings and viability, he doesn’t see a NHL team in Quebec City anytime soon. He believes that, once Seattle lands the 32nd team in the league, Houston is more likely to get a professional club than Quebec City.
"Look at Houston and I mean fifth largest in North America vs 105th let's say. So they have a different situation there. Economically they're challenged and numerically they're challenged."
It did not take long for several radio hosts in Quebec City to argue the comments made by Jacobs and open their hotlines to hear tons of angered fans hoping to see the Nordiques back in the league.
Quebec City is still sitting there with a ready to go arena, ownership and a “deferred” expansion application from the last go-around. The Vegas Golden Knights ended up grabbing the 31st NHL club over Quebec City in the previous expansion process. The NHL officially delayed Quebec’s expansion application during the last round when Vegas was accepted.
With the league needing a 32nd team to populate the Western Conference and with Seattle that is more than just fitting that fit the bill, it looks like Quebec’s best bet for an NHL return is relocation. Ottawa, Carolina and Florida seem like the best contenders these days, but nothing appears imminent.
Especially after Jacob's comments today...