Major statement regarding the return of the Nordiques to the NHL: you can forget about the project, it will not happen during Gary Bettman's era

Published November 21, 2023 at 2:09 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
We do not yet have the right to the return of the Quebec Nordiques, but we will have the highly controversial arrival of the Los Angeles Kings during the upcoming training camp.

Obviously, it's controversial because the government of Quebec has committed to paying the Kings to come to Quebec, while the Canadiens would have done it for free. We're talking about 5 to 7 million dollars that will be drawn from taxpayers' pockets.

Quebec has proven itself, and an NHL team would be viable. Even if there were only 10,000 people per game, it would be better than many NHL arenas. But I doubt that. In my opinion, it would be more crowded.

We finally have a figure to use as a reference in the chances of seeing the Nordiques again.


"10% chance that the Nordiques will return, according to Eric Girard. He too would have liked to pay less for the arrival of the Los Angeles Kings in Quebec."

- Via Marie-Michèle Sioui

At this point, we can practically say that the chances are close to zero of seeing an NHL team in Quebec, at least in the era of Gary Bettman.

It's difficult to understand his reasoning when several teams he insists on keeping in their weak markets are struggling, and yet he absolutely wants to keep them alive in these same non-viable markets.

DO YOU THINK GARY BETTMAN WILL RETIRE WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
NOVEMBER 21      140 ANSWERS
YES8460 %
NO5640 %
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