Who will be the next NHL expansion team? In 2018, the NHL Board of Governors awarded a franchise to Seattle. The team, as yet unnamed, will play its first season in 2021-22, bringing the league to 32 teams.
Will there be another expansion team in the NHL? Despite the talks, Daly reportedly stated the NHL is “not currently considering expansion nor do we have any intention or desire to relocate an existing franchise.”
Which city needs an NHL team? Since losing the Nordiques in the 1990s, Quebec City has constantly been in demand of an NHL team. Eager to have a team back, commissioner Gary Bettman has expressed interest in bringing the NHL back, including conversations with representatives of the Quebec government.
Which NHL team is most likely to relocate? Florida is probably the most likely option. Nobody cares about hockey in Florida. The Panthers are valued at $295 million, the second lowest in the NHL, and almost always rank last in NHL attendances.