Of all the comments, or non-comments on expansion, that came from Gary Bettman’s All Star Game press conference, there was only one that was even remotely interesting.
If someone wanted to give us an application right now, we wouldn’t take it. -Gary Bettman
It’s basically a direct shot at Seattle, but at the same time it’s a vote of confidence for Las Vegas and Quebec City.
It’s become clear that the league is only focused on whether or not they are ready to expand, not whether or not the potential cities are worthy.
He went on to say every which way the decision is not coming soon and the process will continue on as it has been. But this is clearly a bit of positive news for Las Vegas as the wait for Seattle is now in no way a hinderance.