Just hours before the start of the Stanley Cup Final, the NHL was forced to quash a rumor about a franchise relocation.
That rumor was passed along on Twitter by Forbes sports business reporter Maury Brown:
File this under rumor.... NHL relocation around the end of June.— Maury Brown (@BizballMaury) June 3, 2015
But NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was quick to strike it down.
“There is absolutely no truth to speculation that any NHL franchise is currently considering relocation,” Daly said, per TSN.ca. “The League and its franchises have never been more stable. There has been no discussion whatsoever regarding a potential relocation and there is a zero percent chance that any franchise will be moved prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.”
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is scheduled to hold a press conference prior to Game 1 tonight at Amalie Arena, something he does before every Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.