Bids by groups from Las Vegas and Quebec City have been undergoing scrutiny for possible admission. Bettman said questions such as how to conduct expansion and entry drafts and how to address the NHL's geographic imbalance — it now has 16 teams in the East and 14 in the West — merit additional study.
"This is a very important decision. Lots of things have to be evaluated and considered," Bettman said before the All-Star skills competition at
Bettman covered many issues during his news conference, including the lack of an agreement that would allow NHL players to represent their respective homelands at the
Bettman also said the NHL will announce plans for "an extensive centennial celebration" in 2017, which is also the 125th anniversary of the
The East won the lighthearted All-Star skills challenge, 29-12, so the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions will play each other in the first of Sunday's 20-minute, three-on-three games. The Pacific and Central will play the second game; the winners will meet in the finale. Montreal's
Bettman said the NHL's website, www.nhl.com, will relaunch Monday…. Bettman also said the league had donated $200,000 to pay rehabilitation costs for Denna Laing, who has been paralyzed from the mid-chest down since she fell into the boards while playing for Boston in the women's Outdoor Classic game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 31.