Make it a shorter move westward for the Hurricanes if they had to ditch Carolina altogether. And keep at least a television fan base of the south with such a broad name as Southlakes. Fishermen apparel across the country would have a life of its own.
Relocation: theguardian BLOG2017/feb/14/nhl-team-move-islanders-hurricanes-whalers
Wiki attendance figures: List_of_National_Hockey_League_attendance_figures#2016-17