The Las Vegas Snake Eyes?
The Seattle Salmon?
The Toronto Even-Leafiers?
Evidently, the race is on for the next NHL expansion hockey teams. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the formal expansion review process will begin July 6, although he cautioned that “this process does not necessarily mean that an expansion team will be granted.”
Still, it seems that the league wants to learn what is available and how much revenue it might bring in.
Las Vegas is among the early leaders, since an arena is already under construction. Seattle is intriguing since it is a major city with no NBA team to be a rival. Both teams could fit nicely in the NHL West, which has only 14 teams compared to 16 in the East.
A second team in Toronto has been mentioned. Quebec City, Kansas City and Portland also have been mentioned.