Seattle has the green light, but a certain Canadian city has once again been left waiting at a stop sign.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday that the league is only looking at Seattle for potential expansion, meaning Quebec City is not a possibility this time around, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli.
The Carolina Hurricanes have an agreement in place to sell the team, and Gary Bettman is adamant that they're not going anywhere.
The NHL commissioner confirmed that the club's signed a purchase agreement with its prospective new owner, Dallas-based businessman Tom Dundon, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Bettman added that the sale won't be officially closed for a few weeks, but insisted "this is not a team that will be moved," according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Dundon signed the purchase agreement with longtime Hurricanes chairman Peter Karmanos on Wednesday night. Dundon is the chairman and managing partner of Dundon Capital Partners, a private investment firm.
Under the new agreement, Dundon will own 52 percent of the team, while Karmanos will own 48 percent, and Dundon will have an option to buy out Karmanos' share in three years' time, LeBrun added.
Karmanos has owned the franchise since the Hartford Whalers days, purchasing it along with Compuware partner Thomas Thewes and now-Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford in 1994.
Here's the full list of how fans have cast their votes so far:
1. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning 2. Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning 3. Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs 4. Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators 5. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
1. P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators 2. Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues 3. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks 4. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche 5. Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets
1. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals 2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins 3. John Tavares, New York Islanders 4. Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins 5. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
1. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers 2. Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames 3. James Neal, Vegas Golden Knights 4. Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights 5. Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Fans have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 1, 2018 to make their selections. The All-Star Game, which will once again consist of a three-on-three tourney between the divisional squads, takes place Jan. 28 at Amalie Arena.
As the Montreal Canadiens continue to underperform, it's impossible not to look back at the P.K. Subban-for-Shea Weber trade as the most glaring of Marc Bergevin's ill-advised moves, and the one that precipitated the club's descent.
Subban will host the Canadiens for the first time Wednesday, when his Nashville Predators - winners of seven of their last 10 games - meet a Montreal squad that's lost four in a row and now has the NHL's fifth-worst record.
While it's not productive to fixate on the past, the matchup is yet another reminder of the controversial blockbuster and the fact that it's a major reason the Canadiens are where they are at the moment.
And yes, Carey Price's latest injury has exposed the Canadiens' flaws and once again forced them to forge ahead without their star goaltender.
But nearly 17 months after the Subban-for-Weber trade, the swap still stands out as an inescapable factor in Montreal's downfall.
The Canadiens undoubtedly appreciate Weber's blistering slap shot, his ability to score goals, and his experience, but they're a slower team without Subban, who's producing at a higher per-game clip than Weber on the offensive end and providing the Predators with further defensive stability.
Nashville's previously steady blue line transformed into the NHL's best last season with the addition of Subban, who helped the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final after the Canadiens were bounced out of the first round by the New York Rangers.
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Now that the Canadiens' situation has only gotten worse more than a quarter of the way into the 2017-18 season, Montreal's recent slide only further underscores that they were the losers in the deal.
It not only hurt Montreal in both the short and long term (have a look at their respective contracts for evidence of the latter), but it was also the most blatant example of how Bergevin's misguided vision for retooling the roster only made it worse.
That strategy, namely valuing physicality and strength over speed and skill, is arguably the biggest reason why the Canadiens have taken a significant step backward, and the Subban-for-Weber move was the largest in a series of actions Bergevin took to mold the team in that way.
Weber is dealing with an injury and may not play Wednesday, but the game will be compelling regardless. It's a reminder that the Canadiens gave up on Subban, and that they're worse off in so doing.