NHL Lockout Rumors: Viable Canadian Cities for NHL Expansion

September 25th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
It may seem like NHL expansion is the last thing on anybody's mind right now.

Especially for Gary Bettman, who seems intent on hammering away at the NHLPA in the current labor lockout.

The NHL commissioner has taken on a demanding tone with the players since negotiations began during the summer, and he has shown no signs of softening.

However, even Bettman knows that a lockout will not go on forever. The NHL has had plenty of experience in these labor difficulties, and they have gotten solved (eventually) and players have returned to the ice.

When that day comes, the next topic up for discussion may be additional expansion of the league with two more teams on the Canadian side of the border.

That nugget was tweeted by The Hockey News columnist Adam Proteau.

An NHL agent predicts that whenever a new CBA is signed, Gary Bettman will try salvaging his rep by announcing 2 expansion teams for Canada.

— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) September 25, 2012

While expansion would seem to be a strange idea considering the NHL's current labor situation, Proteau contends that it might help improve Bettma ...

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