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NHL Denies Report It Will Add Four Teams, Says It Has Nothing New On Expansion
Published August 27, 2014
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BETTMAN'S BIG BET: SI.com's Allan Muir noted Hudson Pacific Properties President, CEO & Chair Victor Coleman "has been identified as someone interested in bringing an NHL club to the Pacific Northwest," while Quebec City, while Quebecor Media President & CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau is "an obvious owner-in-waiting" for a potential Quebec City team. While those two cities and their "lengthy ties to the sport would be logical choices, it's the possibility of pucks in Vegas that really catches the eye ... and draws out the snarky naysayers." Muir: "Give Bettman credit. He's had the vision and the courage to put teams in locations his predecessors never would have considered." Once in place, he has "laid everything on the line, including his own political credit, to help them survive." In many of those locales, the game "has thrived, planting the kind of roots that gives it a legitimate chance of long-term success." If there is "anything to this report, if Gary really believes that Vegas is ready for the NHL -- and vice versa -- maybe we all should just listen to the man" (SI.com, 8/26).