The dream of bringing the Quebec Nordiques again to life seems slim at this level.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met with Quebec finance minister Eric Girard on Thursday to debate the potential of bringing an NHL franchise to Quebec Metropolis. Whereas either side described the assembly as “cordial,” Bettman acknowledged that there was no present alternative for the league to return to Quebec.
“We defined that, whereas we have been appreciative and flattered by the curiosity expressed, sadly, we weren’t conscious of any alternative that would handle that curiosity on the present time,” Bettman mentioned.
“We respect that the traces of communication between the events have been refreshed, and we agreed to remain in contact with one another as circumstances warrant going ahead.”
The Nordiques joined the NHL in 1979 as a part of the four-team WHA merger, together with the Hartford Whalers, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets.
In 1995, a weak Canadian greenback resulted within the Nordiques packing up and transferring to Colorado to change into the Avalanche. The Avs received the Stanley Cup of their first season in Colorado, led by former Montreal Canadiens star Patrick Roy.
Quebec has been courting for a brand new NHL franchise for years, as a neighborhood grassroots motion has followers present as much as video games of groups with attendance points sporting Nordiques gear. The province’s authorities additionally helped finance the development of a brand new, NHL-ready facility, Centre Vidéotron, which opened in 2015.
Regardless of Quebec’s efforts, the NHL has continued to say no the return of the Nordiques. The league deferred Quebec’s bid for an enlargement crew again in 2016, on the identical time the league introduced enlargement into Las Vegas.
Given the NHL simply welcomed its thirty second crew to the league, the Seattle Kraken, it’s tough to think about the league might be seeking to broaden. Having 32 groups provides the NHL symmetry, with an excellent 16 groups in each the Jap and Western Convention together with eight groups in every division.
If Quebec was going to get a crew, it will probably have to return by means of relocation, simply because it did in 2011 when the Atlanta Thrashers packed up and moved to Winnipeg to create the second go-around of the Jets.
The pure assumption is that Quebec was attempting to get the struggling Arizona Coyotes to maneuver north. The Coyotes don’t have a house for the 2022-23 season because the Metropolis of Glendale is opting out of the joint lease settlement for the Gila River Enviornment and the group’s plans to construct a new facility in downtown Tempe are at a standstill.
There have been rumors that the Coyotes are up on the market with the intention of transferring them to Houston, however the group has mentioned that isn’t the case.