But if Hollywood mogul Jerry Bruckheimer has his way, it will happen one day.
Sources confirmed to The Canadian Press on Wednesday that the film and television producer has had informal talks with the NHL over the past few months about one day owning an expansion team in Las Vegas.
A source close to the talks said it’s still “4-5 years away.”
That goes along with what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters last week during his annual news conference at the Stanley Cup final.
“At the present time we’re not looking at expansion. At the present time we’re not looking at relocation,” Bettman said.
Still, the league has spoken with Bruckheimer, an avid hockey fan who was slated to attend Wednesday night’s fifth game of the Cup final.
If the league does expand, it will likely be from 30 to 32 teams. Kansas City could be one option. A new arena is being built there and the city that has also lobbied the NHL for a team.
Bettman also told reporters last week that he was “intrigued” by a possible return to Winnipeg one day.