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NHL expansion: Quebec, Toronto could get new teams according to report

The NHL may add expansion teams in Toronto and Quebec City once there is a new CBA, according to The Hockey News.

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The NHL could add two expansion teams in Toronto and Quebec City once a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached, according to a tweet from Jason Kay, Editor-in-Chief of The Hockey News. It has long been thought that the league was more likely to relocate financially struggling teams like the Phoenix Coyotes than bring in expansion teams, but that may not be the case any longer.

Quebec City was the home of the Quebec Nordiques from 1972 to 1995, when the team relocated to Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche. For the past several years, Quebec has been considered a leading candidate to receive a team if one relocated, but expansion would work just the same, for their purposes.

Toronto hosting a second team is an idea that's gained more traction in the past several years. Southern Ontario has the population base to support a second team, but the Toronto Maple Leafs would have to consent to having another team in their area. Several years ago, former RIM CEO Jim Balsillie attempted to move the Nashville Predators to Hamilton, Ontario, but the move fell through.