Gary Bettman has insisted time and time again that the Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers are not relocating.
Earlier this week, he did it for the Carolina Hurricanes.
“I don’t think anyone needs to worry about the future of the franchise in Carolina,” the commissioner told the News & Observier.
But it’s not hard to see why some have speculated. Not only is 72-year-old owner Peter Karmanos Jr. looking to sell, the ‘Canes are dead last in NHL attendance, averaging just 11,411 fans per game.
“Peter is exploring his options, but there is no rush, no pressure, no timetable,” Bettman said. “I am certain if he sells the franchise, he will continue the legacy of having the franchise in what has been a strong market and keep it where it is.”
Karmanos has always maintained that his goal is to sell to local owners that will keep the ‘Canes in North Carolina. Recently, he told the newspaper that he’s “befuddled by the rumors the team will move.”
The Hurricanes host the Wild tonight. At StubHub, tickets can be had for as little as $6.