Before Hamilton hockey fans get their shorts in a knot about the possibility of NHL expansion, lets all just take a deep breath.
We’ve been down this road one too many times, and each time, the long and winding road comes to a dead end.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the conclusion of the board of governors meeting, that the league has no official expansion plans, even though he continues to receive expressions of interest.
Those expressions of interest have no doubt come from people in Toronto — more accurately, Markham — as well as Quebec City and Seattle.
But with 16 teams in the East and 14 in the West, it seems like only a matter of time before two more teams are added to the mix.
The new 5.2-billion dollar Canadian TV deal also helps out.
Again, if you are still holding onto that pipe dream of Hamilton one day having an NHL team, a second team in Toronto should, I say should, crush that faint hope.
But what a diffrence a year makes.
Last year at this time, NHL fans were caught in a tug of war between owners and locked out players.
Fast forward to now, and we’re talking about expansion.