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NHL denying reports of franchise to Las Vegas

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Kings center Dwight King (74) in the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. The Kings won 4-1. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Kings center Dwight King (74) in the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. The Kings won 4-1. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
The lights of the Las Vegas Strip are seen from a helicopter. (File/FOX5) The lights of the Las Vegas Strip are seen from a helicopter. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Despite a report Tuesday night calling a professional hockey franchise in Las Vegas "a done deal", the National Hockey League on Wednesday denied  any plans for expansion or relocation.

Citing NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, Canadian network TVA Sports reported there was "absolutely nothing new" in regards to expanding the league or moving a team to Southern Nevada.

"It's not in our plans," TVA Sports quoted Daly.

In an article on Sports Illustrated's website, Allan Muir cites a writer for a Canadian publication called The Province as saying Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL, has made an about-face on his position of bringing a franchise to Las Vegas.

The original article written by Tom Gallagher suggested that Bettman has decided the NHL must expand, but the number of teams and places are still a mystery.

However, Gallagher wrote, "Sources close to the situation have indicated Las Vegas is a done deal, the only thing to be determined being which owner will be entitled to proclaim that he brought the first major league sports franchise to Sin City."

Writer Howard Bloom of Sports Business News also tweeted on Tuesday the NHL was looking to expand by four teams by 2017. In addition to Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle and a second team in Toronto were eyed. Bloom reported the NHL would rake in $1.4 billion in expansion fees

According to Gallagher, the NHL hasn't expanded in 15 years, and the addition of two West Coast teams would help balance out the divisions, bringing them to 16 teams each.

This news comes just three months after MGM Resorts broke ground on a 20,000-seat arena to be built along the Las Vegas Strip. Many locals have speculated the arena would be the perfect home for a pro sports team.

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