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Expansion Talk

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

The biggest news in the city of Markham, Ont., Tuesday night was supposed to be a vote on whether or not work would continue on the proposed 20,000-seat GTA Centre.

But former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly dropped a bombshell.

Kelly, who's been working with W. Graeme Roustan, the "face" of the project, stood up in front of city council and said the NHL not only wanted to expand the league to 32 teams, but had directly discussed doing so with him. Kelly led the union from October 2007-August 2009.

He would not say specifically who told him that. An immediate email to the NHL has yet to be returned.

"I've discussed it with many owners, the commissioner and many players," he said in a conversation after his presentation. "That's given me a strong sense that at some point there will be a second team [in the greater Toronto area].


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Evilpens's avatar

Goody more Shitty teams & more watered down hockey

Posted by Evilpens on 01/29/13 at 11:29 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

To hell with the fact that the talent pool for each team to draw from is only deep enough for wading, and most nights hockey is just a grind fest, lets go out their and get some more money for the owners to make up for the losses they suffered during their idiotic lockout.

Knew it was coming, the coveted expansion fees were the only way Bettman could start to make up for not giving the owners what he promised in this CBA, and losing them money in the process.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 01/29/13 at 11:37 PM ET

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