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NHL Expansion Alert: Insider Tips One City Making a Strong Play After Major Project News Announced Today

The Seattle Kraken joined the NHL less than two years ago. However, it appears that the NHL is already considering expanding the league to 34 teams. Gary Bettman has made it clear that he sees expansion as a critical component to the game’s growth, but it’s likely that the nearly $1 billion expansion fee is driving him.

Bill Daly recently stated that the league was only in the exploratory phase and that nothing concrete was in the works. However, according to insider Kevin Weekes, the City of Atlanta is working hard to entice the NHL back to Georgia. According to Weekes, Atlanta is expected to announce a new arena that could house an NHL team.

Despite two failed attempts to make the Atlanta market work, the Georgia area has long been coveted by the NHL. The construction of a new arena could provide the NHL with numerous options. Atlanta could be a viable market if the league decides to expand, but if the NHL and Arizona Coyotes lose their upcoming vote, Atlanta could be a relocation market.

The NHL has struggled in Atlanta in the past due to ownership issues; could a new ownership group overcome this issue, or is Atlanta doomed?

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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