Bullsh!t.... Plenty of NHL teams sell out regularly: Pittsburgh, Toronto, Washington, Minnesota, Las Vegas, Nashville, Winnipeg, Chicago, Montreal, NYR, etc etc...
The ‘Canes, even during the best season in a decade, ranked 28/31 in the NHL in attendance; 14,300/night and only 76.7% full per night, which ranks 2nd to last at 30/31.
Compare that to the Checkers, who put up just under 7,000/night which ranked 9th in the AHL...I guarantee a NHL team would be successful in Charlotte, and would be a better home than Cary....I mean, Raleigh... sorry but it’s true.
I would imagine Tepper wants to keep the team in the Charlotte metro area. Who knows if downtown will ultimately be the spot, let’s hope. But I wouldn’t be shocked if it ended up by the new Stateline HQ... which would kind of suck.