When I saw this article I did a quick check to make sure the calendar hadn't skipped ahead to April 1. Apparently this is not a joke, although it sure sounds like one: it seems the NHL is eyeing expansion to Las Vegas and Kansas City.
Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel hits it right on the head when he claims that the NHL has never been more irrelevant, and that the league desperately needs to contract, not expand. Even speaking as someone who would wholeheartedly support the rise of major league sports in my favorite city in the world, I can't back the NHL heading to Sin City - not now, anyway. I love hockey, and will follow it even as it continues its sad evolution into a niche sport, but expanding at the current time would be a completely asinine move.
I do disagree with Wetzel on one thing though: I think Bettman actually had some clue as to what he was doing when he first took the job. It's painfully obvious that's no longer the case, and if the league expands someone should hold him accountable for his idiocy. Can someone please check to see if www.firegarybettman.com is available for sale?