Originally Posted by freeweed
Vancouver or Montreal would have a harder time supporting a 2nd team - not because of population but because their teams have actually had success since HNIC went to colour. I think people overestimate the "die hard Leafs forever" fan contingent - give the GTA another NHL franchise, that actually wins, and I bet plenty of people would switch allegiance in a heartbeat.
You're talking about Toronto not having success but you use Vancouver as an example?
And you're wrong fyi.. It may be fairweather in Calgary or other Canadian cities over there, but over here in hockey land it's not just a team.. You're raised to be a Leaf fan from day 1, and Leafs fans are the most loyal in the NHL.
Toronto and Montreal are the same way in that respect, both teams have fanbases that are loyal and fans for life, raised from birth. The majority of Leafs fans would not switch, and the ones who would.. Well they're the fairweather fans who cheered for Montreal in 2010 so we don't want em anyway.