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And who stands ready to add a team if an existing franchise can’t find local support? Quebec City has Quebecor, a local group that has already committed to plunking down $500 million to get their choice of one of the moribund franchises in the NHL. There are some prospects in the Hurricane system with promise. Purchasing an Eastern Conference team keeps the league from having to expand to Quebec but put the team in the Western Conference to maintain balance. So far, the league hasn’t said much about moving the Hurricanes. Raleigh does support the team, especially when the team is high quality. The fact that ticket prices have jumped 50% in the last four seasons (and 17% just last year) likely has kept numbers down. If things don’t get better soon, Quebec City could look a lot more attractive.