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Published December 16, 2013
TWO BY TWO? NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that league expansion "doesn't necessarily have to be by two franchises." ESPN.com's Craig Custance wrote, "If one city meets the criteria the league is looking for, most notably a suitable arena and ownership group, it will get the team first." Custance: "To me, there's too much risk putting two more teams in Canada, considering how much the fluctuation of the Canadian dollar impacts NHL revenue." Plus, the "long-term success of the league depends on growth" in the U.S. Custance: "I'd anticipate one U.S. team and one Canadian ... I really believe Seattle will ultimately get a team" (ESPN.com, 12/13).
GEOGRAPHY LESSON: The Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE wrote, "There seems to be definite traction toward the NHL expanding by two franchises in the next few years." Seattle is "the biggest front-runner, with Quebec City or a second team in Toronto also a possibility." Additionally, there is a "well-organized group interested in putting an expansion team in Las Vegas," and a new arena built by AEG and MGM Resorts "should be completed" by '16. Unless a team from the East is "going to move back to the Western Conference, the West could actually be in line for two expansion teams" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 12/15). In Boston, Fluto Shinzawa wrote, "Part of the impetus behind a 32-team league is to correct the imbalance between the conferences." Seattle "would be the top landing spot in the West." Portland "could also sustain an NHL franchise," with the backing of Trail Blazers and Moda Center Owner Paul Allen (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/15).