The NHL in Las Vegas: Three Reasons Phoenix Isn’t Moving There

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The league hasn’t even confirmed the rumors floating around. According to a report by Fox Sports on August 27th, the league continues to insist that talks of expansion are still just that- talks.

Apr 13, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes right wing David Moss (18) celebrates with defenseman Brandon Gormley (33), defenseman Zbynek Michalek (4), center Jeff Halpern (14) and left wing Martin Erat (10) after scoring the game winning goal in the third period against the Dallas Stars at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

League Commissioner Gary Bettman may be no one’s favorite person in the hockey community, but he’s been at least marginally open about his talks with cities regarding expansion. Here’s what we know-

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  • The league has received some level of significant interest from multiple cities regarding expansion. This has included Seattle, Kansas City, Quebec City, Madison, and Las Vegas, according to Fox Sports.
  • Bettman has gone to Seattle to further talks of putting a team in Washington, but the lack of solid plans regarding an arena are holding the city back
  • The league has no imminent plans to move a team to any of the cities interested at the moment- should a city get all their affairs in order, the league’s Board of Governors will begin discussions of putting a team in the city in question. At the moment, though, no city seems ready for a team- and the league does not plan on expanding in a ‘piecemeal’ manner.

So, there you have it. Feel free to call me crazy, feel free to tell me I’m biased, feel free to tell me I’m totally right. I’ll try and keep you updated- but for now, let’s just continue counting down to October.