I'm not a gambler, but every once in a while I'll pick up a $2 quick pick on the Powerball. With Wednesday's jackpot estimated at $1.4 billion, I think I'll get two quick picks this week.
I've always said that if I won the lottery, I would buy an AHL team and run it my way: You know, fashion shows once a week and recycled jock straps (too easy to throw a "Slap Shot" line in there). But with close to a billion in my pocket, I would want an NHL club.
I just tossed that question out on Twitter and quickly received many responses. Most fans said they would buy the Carolina Hurricanes and return the team to Hartford, Connecticut. Most would probably think I would want the Boston Bruins, but that's not the case. I would buy another team, maybe the Arizona Coyotes, and move the franchise to Quebec.
Again, this is just a fun exercise. I'm not looking at league stipulations or anything of that nature. So, if you won the lottery, which team would you want to buy and why?
— Jimmy Rippert (@fishboyjim) January 10, 2016
— cartman3132 (@cartman3132) January 12, 2016
@ESPNJoeyMac Pens, they sell out every night, they get a lot of nationally televised games, and the local fan support is fantastic
— AJ Scholz (@AJScholz24) January 12, 2016
— Patrick O'Keefe (@pat_okeefe07) January 12, 2016
— George Kurtz (@GeorgeKurtz) January 12, 2016
@ESPNJoeyMac Coyotes. Would be relatively cheap and easy to move to a market that would care (Would love to bring back a Hartford team, too)
— Ben Dandrea (@bendandrea25) January 12, 2016
— Christopher Athari (@TrinityEer) January 12, 2016
— NUCKZ4LYFE (@jgoold13) January 12, 2016
— joe mann (@MN10449) January 12, 2016
@ESPNJoeyMac Minnesota Wild. I'd have the best suite in the house to cheer on Ryan Suter & Co., and a nachos & cheese bar close by.
— LisetteInBlue (@bookgirl8) January 12, 2016
@ESPNJoeyMac I think I'd be more into buying an AHL team.
— Shane Bua (@ThatShaneBua) January 12, 2016