NHL not looking to expand right now, Gary Bettman says
In this June 12, 2013, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during an NHL hockey news conference in Chicago. (AP / Nam Y. Huh)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, May 3, 2014 7:42PM EDT
BOSTON -- Commissioner Gary Bettman says new Quebec City arena or not, the NHL is not looking at expansion right now.
He made the comment at a media availability Saturday prior to Game 2 of the Boston-Montreal playoff series when a Quebec reporter said there is sentiment in Quebec that the NHL looks more favourably on Seattle than Quebec City when it comes to future expansion.
And Quebec City is building a new arena while Seattle isn't, the reporter noted.
"We're not considering expansion right now," Bettman replied. "We have not engaged in (an) expansion process."
"If we reach a point in time where we decide we want to go through a formal expansion process, then we'll evaluate all potential applicants and opportunities," he added. "I answer the questions that I get asked. I get asked about Seattle far more -- other than days like today -- than I get asked about Quebec City.
"But we're not ready to expand."
Earlier, when Bettman was asked for his views on work starting on a new arena in Las Vegas, the commissioner said it was good news for Las Vegas and the people who visit it.
"Beyond that we haven't made any plans. We, as I repeatedly have said, have received expressions of interest from people who might want to own a franchise in Las Vegas -- as we have from a number of other cities -- but we're not involved in any expansion process."