The Missouri Mavericks and new owner Lamar Hunt Jr. are making inroads in growing the hockey culture around Kansas City, but there are still multiple reasons why KC won’t pop up Monday when the NHL begins accepting bids for expansion franchises.
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As soon as Monday, the official bids will start popping in at the NHL's office in New York. Sports have a strong hold on us, as both a business and an escape, and groups with big dreams and bigger money will make their case for an expansion team.
No truth - absolutely none - to this story that the Toronto Maple Leafs had no choice but to trade Phil Kessel because they could no longer afford both his $8 million salary and the extra baggage fees the airlines were charging to get him from one NHL city to the next.