Rink needed in Vegas
An arena needs to arrive in Las Vegas before a team does, though, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Thursday.
"In order for the NHL to ever have a franchise in Las Vegas, they'd have to build a new state-of-the-art arena in Las Vegas. We're talking a couple years away, minimum," said Daly, who confirmed Bruckheimer and others have been in discussions with the league for the past six months.
"We've actually talked to a lot of different individuals who have interest in a franchise in Las Vegas, and Jerry is one of them," Daly said. "This is not just about Las Vegas. There's been an expression of interest from a number of individuals and entities in a number of different markets, and we'll update the (league's) board (of governors) with those and try to chart a course on how to deal with those."
If the league's hellbent on going to 32 teams, they might as well jump into Sin City and see if a professional team takes hold. It'd certainly make for interesting storylines, and would put the NHL on the sports media map temporarily.
Worst-case scenario? A rich Canadian buys the team a few years down the road and moves them to Winnipeg.