I think it's a great thing if a team can prosper in non-traditional markets - for sure. Although I'm not sure Anaheim is doing as well as San Jose, is it? I was at the very last game of the season there last month - fan appreciation night I believe and there were A LOT of empty seats there. Could've been one game though - I really couldn't say. That's besides the point though. The point is that Bettman's grand scheme is failing for the most part in his non-traditional markets. Phoenix has had nearly 15 years to develop a fan base and THEY HAVEN'T. The truth is that Bettman is an arrogant, stubborn fuck that has too much pride to admit that he was wrong. That whole situation is such a mess it is ridiculous. Glendale got duped as soon as they agreed to build that arena. I feel sorry for that city, for real. The NHL and Bettman have put them into such a shitty tight spot that it would take a miracle for them to get out of it.
The reason the Jets left is that there was no support from the league at the time and we needed a new arena badly. As shitty as the TV contract is right now, it is still better than what it was mid-90's. The Canadian dollar was insanely weak (~70 cents on the dollar) and made it nearly impossible for us to manage salaries in an American currency. We're nearly on par with the American dollar right now. There was also 0 profit sharing between franchises and no salary cap - both of which exist in the current NHL. There is still hope here, despite Bettman's condescending rhetoric, that we can support a team here. The ALL NEW HOME of the Return of the Jets Campaign is not necessarily "proof" but it has a lot of good, albeit, biased information.