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REPORT: NHL expansion includes team in Toronto & Quebec City

The report states that 4 new teams would be introduced to the league by 2017.

Is Toronto getting a second NHL team? That is the rumour according to a tweet from a sports insider.

A report from the Vancouver Province states that the NHL is ready to expand and it claims that Las Vegas is a "done deal" and other cities are rumoured to be included.

A tweet from a sports insider claims those cities will be Toronto, Quebec City, Seattle and Las Vegas, which will all have teams by 2017.

That would bring the total number of teams to 34, and nine of them would be Canadian.

The report goes on to say that an expansion team in Las Vegas was a "done deal", citing sources close to the proceedings.

In March, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he had received interest from groups in Quebec City, Seattle, Las Vegas and Kansas. Bettman said “We’re listening, and that’s all we’re doing. We haven’t decided to engage in a formal expansion process at this point, but we’re listening. There is a lot of interest, and some of that’s a testament to the state of the game right now.”

Adding fuel to the fire, is the building of a 20,000-seat multi-sport arena in Las Vegas that is due to be finished by spring 2016.

In Quebec City, work has begun on an $18,000-seat arena that's coming at a cost of $400-million. It's expected to be finished by next September.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild were added to the NHL in 2000.

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  1. IBLeaf posted on 08/27/2014 07:51 AM
    Toronto'a non-existent second team is in a far better position to win the Cup than the Leafs are, that's for sure.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 08/27/2014 11:10 AM
      @IBLeaf But... but... UBLeaf!

      How can you say that??
    2. IBLeaf posted on 08/27/2014 04:08 PM
      @Angry Bill I no longer blindly BLeaf so really I could be considered a Leafathiest. Last season's predictable collapse really angered me and they will need really prove themselves to earn my trust again. However with too many baaaaaad contracts locked up long term I don't see a horizon.
    3. Angry Bill posted on 08/27/2014 04:57 PM
      @IBLeaf The current team is CAPABLE of playing good hockey. I've seen them beat the best teams in the league. They just need consistency. I've seen them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory way too many times.
    4. IBLeaf posted on 08/27/2014 10:13 PM
      @Angry Bill Perhaps. Management did address the depth issues on the 3rd and 4th lines, because they can not afford to burn out the top two lines again. What I am extremely worried about is D. Plus if the 40-50 shots per night issue is not resolved then they're toast. I really didn't see how anything from "The Game 7" was addressed last season and the late collapse proved it.

      I also think Dion has proven to be an incapable captain with the motivational capacity of a corpse. A true captain leads by example and sorry if you disagree but his uncanny ability to singlehandedly cause losses from late-game mistakes is a big problem. Sure he is a workhorse out there I will not deny that, but top lines consistently skate circles around him and he lacks the longevity of the top calibre NHL Dmen that he is being paid as. When he plays more than twenty minutes a night his brain gets deprived of oxygen and he is prone to the most boneheaded decisions. In this case I also blame a lack of depth on the blue line to give him time to reoxygenate his neurons. In a few years I hope Reilly and Gardiner will have matured enough to resolve this problem.

      Shanahan brought in all these analytics guys for one reason, and they will to prove without a doubt that contractually handcuffed guys like Clarkson and Phaneuf are statistically bad (like they already were proven last season). Stats also showed that his team has been coached poorly because so-called systems failed miserably last year. You can blame that on coaching or you can blame that on lack of talent, but either way if the Leafs don't show any sign of success by November then you can bet both Nonis and Carlyle will be unemployed by Christmas.
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