Could the Toronto Maple Leafs have some company in the Greater Toronto Area within the next couple of seasons?
According to Howard Bloom of Sports Business News, the NHL will expand to 17 teams in 2017.
NHL expansion – four teams added by 2017, Quebec City, Toronto, Seattle, and Las Vegas $1.4b in expansion fees
— Howard Bloom (@SportsBizNews) August 27, 2014
Whats interesting about this supposed expansion plan is that it wouldn’t fix the conference alignment if they stayed the same. Quebec and the second Toronto team would obviously play in the Eastern Conference while Seattle and Las Vegas would play in the Western Conference.
Expansion has been talked about almost every off-season for the past couple of years. The four cities mentioned have been hanging around for pretty much the same time. Las Vegas and Quebec are currently building arenas. Seattle currently has Key Arena but that wouldn’t work for an NHL team. Of course, Torontonians know about the arena planned to be built in Markham, Ontario.
Of course, the NHL hasn’t confirmed any of this. This could all just be rumors once again and we’ll still be watching the same 30 NHL teams in 2017. However, the talent and amount of players in the NHL continues to grow and the NHL could definitely handle more teams as it would open up new jobs.
So what do you guys think of the news? Will there be four more teams in the NHL for it’s 100th anniversary?