Kelly: Expand to Canada
You know what, they're thinking about Kansas City and all due respect, Kansas City had its opportunity to support a franchise. It didn't happen — I don't see it happening in the future ... it's not a hockey market.
Before we go into places like Kansas City or Las Vegas, I really think we should be looking at one of these great Canadian cities.— NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly
Strangely enough, most of what he says makes a lot of sense.
The NHL/NHLPA partnership is a goofy idea to begin with, but it's one the union is stuck working with and Kelly recognizes that. And if the only way he can really improve player salaries is by increasing league revenues, you better believe he's going to be speaking the players' position (re: the cap-boosting one) any chance he gets.
We don't really know what the union's stance will be on many key issues quite yet, but so far, there have been positive signs.
(You can listen to Kelly's interview on Hockey Central on the Fan 590 from yesterday.)