Speaking before Game 1 of the Final between the
The next step, Bettman said, would be to gauge the governors' reaction, which could lead him to open a formal expansion process. However, opening the process doesn't guarantee that expansion will proceed.
Bettman also said he will have to have a discussion with the NHL Players’ Assn. to help determine the salary cap for next season, but he expects it to be between $70 million and $71 million. He had no update on the participation of NHL players in the
In addition, Bettman said the league has “a variety of options” regarding investigating the actions of Kings defenseman
"We're obviously sitting back and waiting to let the judicial system run its course," Bettman said.