NHL Coming to Las Vegas
For years now, Gary Bettman has politely rebuffed inquiries about possible NHL expansion, saying that the league was always listening to pitches, but that it wasn’t at a point where it was willing to seriously consider welcoming any new members to the family.
Writing in The Province, Tony Gallagher says that stance has changed. Expansion he says is not only happening, but in one of the unlikeliest of destinations:
Sources close to the situation have indicated Las Vegas is a done deal, the only thing to be determined being which owner will be entitled to proclaim that he brought the first major league sports franchise to Sin City.
Gallagher then goes on to suggest the league might be hard-pressed to limit expansion to just two teams. One of the other new franchises, presumably, would land in Seattle, a city that has been at the center of expansion rumors for the past year. Vancouver-born billionaire Victor Coleman has been identified as someone interested in bringing an NHL club to the Pacific Northwest.
Report: NHL expansion to Las Vegas “a done deal” – NHL – SI.com.