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NHL denies rumors about Canadian expansion


UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 11: Members of ‘Nordiques Nation’ get fired up prior to the NHL game between the New York Islanders and the Atlanta Thrashers on December 11, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. 1,100 fans from Quebec attended the game to show their support for an NHL team. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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The NHL shot down rumors about the league adding two expansions teams - one in Toronto, the other in Quebec - according to Jason Kay of the Hockey News.

Kay originally said that there was “strong speculation” the NHL might announce that Canadian expansion once a new CBA was settled last Thursday.

It’s unclear what the exact origin of that “strong speculation” was.

That being said, one logical reason for expansion comes to mind: conference realignment. Perhaps two extra teams could alter the (currently unapproved) setup from two seven-team and two eight-team conferences to four eight-team groups?

Either way, it’s a moot point right now, as the NHL said “No” to the scuttlebutt.