posted at 10/23/2012 10:56 PM EDT
In response to RichHillOntario's comment:
In response to red75's comment:
RHO, Seattle has Don Levin, owner of the Chicago Wolves. He's been mentioned as possibly partnering with Paul Allen, though any deal would have to be worked out with Chris Hansen who is building the arena in Seattle.
In Quebec Pierre Karl Peladeau, owner of Quebecor, has committed himself to pursuing a team.
W. Graeme Roustan and Rudy Bratty are the deep-pocketed forces behind GTA Sports and would be the ones to try and bring the NHL to their new arena in Markham.
Any attempt to get a team to Milwaukee would likely be lead by a consortium overseen by Harris Turer, owner of the Admirals.
Winnie Johnson-Marquart has been rumoured as interested in the possibility of either an NBA or NHL team in Virginia Beach, and she'd likely partner with her family (siblings and mom) all of whom are in the Forbes 400.
Las Vegas is currently pursuing a new arena through the Las Vegas Arena Foundation, and while the LVAF is a non-profit it's driving force is Marybel Batjer with Caesar's Entertainment.
For the other potentials, no one has stepped forward for KC, Basillie has been ruled out by the NHL for Hamilton (and he's had major financial problems in the last year), and I've heard of no interested paty in Hartford.
As for expansion, I think it's a dead certainty that the NHL wants to go to 32 teams, despite what they may say publicly. I think they showed their hand when they proposed unbalanced conferences for the realignment with two conferences of 15 and two of 14. Gives them an easy means of transitioning to a 32 team league.
Thanks for the info, red. I didn't realize there were so many potentials out there. I'd heard Bratty on RogerSportsNet THE FAN 590 with Bob McCown when the word came out about a projected Markham arena. I forgotten about Basilie's recent woes with RIM. Think I remember reading somewhere that he didn't endear himself with Bettman by jumping the gun on selling tickets in Hamilton despite not being officially granted a franchise for that city. Didn't he irritated league brass with that move?
Basilie f'd himself & never kissed himself before hand either. The new crapberry looks awesome though!