NEW YORK – The NHL won’t grow beyond 30 teams and has no plans to add or move franchises any time soon, commissioner Gary Bettman said.
“We’re not in an expansion mode,” Bettman said Thursday at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in New York.
Bettman said a report that a plan for the league to expand to Las Vegas was a “done deal” was inaccurate. He also said subsequent reports about potential expansion to Seattle, Quebec City and the addition of a second team in Toronto also were incorrect.
The story “came out of nowhere,” Bettman said. “Nothing has changed on that front. We’re not expanding. We’re not relocating. We like where we have all 30 of our franchises.”
The NHL last expanded for the 2000-01 season when it added franchises in Columbus, Ohio; and Minnesota to bring its total to 30 teams.