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.