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Gary Bettman officially meets with two potential expansion groups


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Tom Banks
April 9, 2024  (2:40 PM)
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Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the NHL.
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NHL expansion has been a hot topic as of late, and now the league has taken another step towards it, with the Commissioner meeting potential new teams.

While the new expansion team the Seattle Kraken are just finishing up their third season in the NHL, the league are quickly looking to expand once more, with many potential cities in the mix. Three that have emerged at the top are Houston, Salt Lake City and Atlanta, and while we don't yet know if the league prefer expansion or relocation, it feels only a matter of time until one or more of these cities have an NHL team.
According to NHL Insider Kevin Weekes, the groups leading the charge for NHL expansion to both Houston and Atlanta are currently in New York meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman in the NHL.
👀 I'm told that members of the Tilman Fertitta led Houston group, and the Vernon Krause led Atlanta group are meeting with the @NHL in NYC. #HockeyTwitter #HockeyX
With things up in the air for the Arizona Coyotes, the NHL's landscape could be changed in a big way, along with Utah Jazz Owner Ryan Smith looking to bring a potential new team to Salt Lake City. Right now it's very unclear just who will be getting the next NHL team, with all three cities plus a potential return to Quebec City making sense for the NHL, and with reports seemingly changing all the time, all we can do now is sit back and wait for the NHL to announce teams No. 33 and 34, which could both happen over the next few years.
Source: Hockey Feed

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