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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says league won't rush to action on expansion

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says league won't rush to action on expansion

The NHL's executive committee isn't ready to make a recommendation on expansion because it's considering the issue "in a very orderly and businesslike way," Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday, adding that the group could take a few months and might ultimately recommend adding no teams, one team or two.

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.

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