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Gary Bettman says the NHL won't get involved in Quebec arena politics

Sep 15, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for garybettman2.jpgFunding expensive arenas like the new $400 billion building the Edmonton Oilers want to construct almost naturally brings about some politicking. Big wigs in the Quebec area are trying to drum enough federal and local support to build a new arena in part to bring the NHL back to the region after losing their beloved Quebec Nordiques.

Gary Bettman and the NHL seem open minded to the idea if the province does, indeed, add a new arena. Bettman says he isn’t interested in getting tangled up in the mess that comes with actually getting that arena built, though. The Hockey News shares the story.

“I’ve followed very closely the articles, I’ve seen the cartoons and, as we’ve said, if the right circumstances presented themselves, we would like to find a way to go back to Quebec City,” Bettman told a news conference in Ottawa, where he announced that the Senators will host the 2012 all-star weekend.

“The issue obviously is the need for a new arena, because in the absence of a new arena it is not possible for us to go back,” Bettman continued. “How a new arena gets built, who pays for it, is not something we’re getting involved in.”

Bettman admitted that he spoke with Quebec City Mayor Regis Lebeaume, saying that the conversations were “very cordial, very open.” That doesn’t necessarily mean anything will happen, though, but obviously the league has its eyes on the situation.

It would be great to see a new team in Canada, especially if doesn’t cost another fan base its team. Could Quebec be the first new team above the border? We’ll have to see, but the NHL apparently won’t do their dirty work.

  1. Alex - Sep 16, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    “It would be great to see a new team in Canada, especially if doesn’t cost another fan base its team. Could Quebec be the first new team above the border? We’ll have to see, but the NHL apparently won’t do their dirty work.”
    Agree with first part disagree with rest … we do not need expansion! We do need more stable franchises with fan bases that stay with the team through thick and thin and not just when the team is trendy.
    Individually the various sun belt teams all have different challenges to make them viable in their markets. I hope most survive but law of averages states that some won’t. Those franchises that cannot meet those challenges should move to fan bases that will support them.
    If I am a betting man that means Phx, Atl, and one of the two florida teams move to Winnipeg, Quebec, Hartford (in that order) Though Columbus, Carolina, Nashvill and the second Florida team are nominees for moving as well.

  2. CapsHound - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    $400 Billion?!?! Are you sure that’s not suppose to be Million.

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