My fear is that too many cities are taking Bettman at his word. In the last two years Bettman has visited Hartford, Halifax, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Las Vegas, and Quebec City...........all with the potential possibility of having an NHL team.
We all know that not all of these teams will end up with a team (if any). We also know that Canadian taxpayers are far more resistant than American taxpayers when it comes to using the money on Arenas (Edmonton taxpayers voted overwhelmingly against using city funds to build an arena according to an Edmonton Sun poll). If it wasn't for the 1988 Olympics, it is highly unlikely the Flames would be in Calgary because in 1981 the city voted against spending city money on buiilding the Flames a new arena...then along comes the IOC which requires municipalities to build for the games, and suddenly the city had a reason.
The reason the Nordiques are in Denver is because the province wouldn't build an arena. Now that there is nobody with a reason to build an arena, suddenly the city and province will do so (and will Molson's complain now because they ONLY received $15MM in government bridge loans to build the Bell Centre when they owned the Canadiens). It doesn't make sense to me for two reasons.
First - because I don't believe Bettman should be going around to cities telling them IF they do this or that there is a CHANCE that you may get an NHL team.
Second - I can see taxpayers complaining like they do in Winnipeg because their city owned arena lost $1.8MM last year because they don't have a huge draw tenant (the Moose draw well, but not NHL well). Nobody whines like the Quebecois (trust me...I'm one of them).
A skeptical Quebecois!