On Tuesday, the NHL confirmed that only two parties submitted applications for the league’s expansion process: Bill Foley for a franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Quebecor for a franchise in Quebec City, Quebec.
From the league’s statement:
“Our purpose, in initiating the expansion process in the manner we did, was not only to explore the possibility of admitting new members to the NHL but also, at the outset, to set realistic guideposts to distinguish between bona fide expressions of interest (i.e., those which have at least substantial ownership capabilities and an arena or the realistic possibility of an arena) from those indications of potential interest which were, at best, merely hopes or aspirations. Apparently, only Mr. Foley and Quebecor have the confidence in their ability to secure an arena and suitable ownership capability to move forward with this process.
“We now intend to focus exclusively on the two expansion applications that have been submitted in accordance with the previously announced process. The process we have outlined for qualified applicants includes at least two more stages of documentation submission. We will provide no further updates until there is something substantive to announce.”
What is interesting is the lack of an application from Seattle, which had shown a public interest in joining the NHL for the last couple years. Could they be hanging onto their pennies until an Eastern Conference team has to relocate if/when Quebec City re-joins the league?