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Jacobs not sure if there’s desire to expand, has concerns about Quebec


For those that want to believe that the NHL will ultimately expand to Las Vegas and Quebec City, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs’ words might feel like a splash of cold water.

“There’s a lot of content there. There’s a lot of capability there, but I don’t know if there’s a desire or will within the board of the existing franchises for expansion yet,” Jacobs told ESPN. “They both made pretty interesting proposals. Both have very legitimate arenas in place and organizations in place. There’s a capacity out there, but I don’t know if there’s a will from a league standpoint.”

Jacobs feels the league is doing pretty well with 30 teams. Additionally, given the current geographical setup of the NHL, he would rather see expansion teams sprout up in the west. Las Vegas certainly fits that desire, but Quebec City obviously doesn’t.

That’s not the only thing that gives him pause about the Quebec bid though.

“Take a look at what’s gone up in Nevada — it’s scary. I mean, it really is. It’s a heck of an arena built there, and there’s a strong interest there,” Jacobs said. “Balance the fact, Quebec has a great hockey interest, [but] it’s an extraordinarily small market.”

By contrast, Jacobs feels a franchise in Seattle would be “natural” and he’d love to see a team in Houston. But Quebecor and Bill Foley were the only ones to apply for expansion for Quebec City and Las Vegas respectively, which he feels “speaks volumes.”

In order for the NHL to expand, three-quarters of the Board of Governors would have to give the plan their blessing. The executive committee will make a recommendation before they vote, but it’s worth emphasizing that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that there’s no timetable on that process.

If the league does ultimately expand, Jacobs does believe it won’t take those teams long to become competitive thanks to the salary cap system.


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Elias to open season on IR

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The New Jersey Devils will open the season with their all-time leader scorer on the injured reserve list, per

Patrik Elias is dealing with a sore knee that’s kept him off the ice since the start of the Devils’ training camp. It was declared that he wouldn’t play in any preseason games last week, but he wasn’t ready to dismiss the possibility of playing in the opener at that time.

The question now shifts to how long New Jersey will be without Elias’ services as they haven’t provided a timetable for his return.

The 39-year-old forward is entering the final season of his three-year, $16.5 million contract. Although he’s been fortunate enough to be fairly durable over the course of his lengthy career, he has been limited to less than 70 games in each of his last two campaigns.

Meanwhile, Kyle Palmieri sustained an undisclosed injury during a preseason game on Wednesday, but the Devils expect him to be fine for the opener.

DeKeyser suffers lower-leg injury

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Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill had high hopes for the defensive pairing of Danny DeKeyser and Mike Green, but an injury might keep those aspirations on hold.

DeKeyser hurt his lower-leg when he absorbed an awkward hit late in Wednesday’s preseason contest, according to the team’s website. On Thursday he was seen wearing an immobilizing boot and using crutches.

While that naturally sounds bad, the Red Wings aren’t sure how serious his injury is. He underwent an MRI this afternoon, but the team doesn’t have the results of it yet.

If he won’t be available for the start of the regular season, then Xavier Ouellet, Alexey Marchenko, or Brian Lashoff might be included on Detroit’s opening game roster.

Meanwhile, Mike Green is expected to play on Friday after missing four games with a groin injury, so the timing of this latest setback is particularly unfortunate as it further limits the duos ability to work together in a game setting. Instead, Green will likely be paired with Kyle Quincey for now.