Second team in Toronto: They could pull it off, eventually, if the Leafs let them... I still can't believe the expansion fee was $500 million. That's actually way more than I believe it should have been and I think we'll struggle to find an ownership group that would shell out that much to be a second team in the GTA. A second Toronto team would take a long time to slowly gather fans. I mean, the GTA isn't full of people who hate the Leafs just waiting for another NHL team. No, they're the Cleveland Browns of the NHL. (Well, not for long--Toronto has some fantastic young talent.) Believe it or not, Cleveland Browns country extends up into Erie, PA.
Would be 100 percent against a second team in Chicago. The balance is just fine with the Hawks, Wolves, and the Steel. If the Joliet area got an arena, I'd be all for them getting a USHL team or maybe even an ECHL team (or maybe SPHL or FHL). But, a second NHL team? No. Almost the whole state is Hawks territory. Nobody is going to suddenly switch allegiances to some second Chicago team, especially not right now with the Hawks being the Hawks these days. (Now, there was a time when the Wolves were almost the 31st NHL team...)
Three teams in New York: And boy I hope the Devils get better soon or we may be talking about a team having to relocate. How interesting that there is now talk about a new arena again in Long Island. The Islanders do, indeed, have a following.