I think it's pretty clear Bettman does not want to take teams away from any American market if at all possible. So why not look at expanding into better markets in the USA, and move the Coyotes to Winnipeg in the meantime. Then address the situation of Atlanta if it continues to get worse. either send it to Quebec, or another city capable of hosting an NHL team. Personally I think Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Sacramento, Hartford, Milwaukee, Portland and Seattle all make better locations than Atlanta for a hockey team. and while Phoenix may have seemed to be a good market in the past, I think people are much more concerned about the real estate market and the situation with their homes, before worrying about saving the Coyotes. Otherwise, Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the US, with a significant community of retired Canadians who probably go to some games... and it may work again in the future, just not right now in 2011. Adding to more teams to new markets in the USA, would balance out the disparity between the Eastern and West right now... sending Detroit, and either Nashville or Columbus to the Eastern Conference. let alone cut down on travel time for teams in the West, while only adding a little bit to teams in the East, who already have it good in that respect. The expansion in the 1990's sort of worked, so I don't see how adding 2 more teams to the league right now would make the league fall apart and become a bush league. I think the NHL would become more popular if it moved to 2 new markets, and moved back to 2 old ones in Winnipeg and Quebec city. what city in the USA do you guys think would be the best fit for an NHL team, that doesn't currently have one?