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Quebec City, Vegas advance to final phase of NHL expansion process

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It appears as if both Las Vegas and Quebec City are going deep into the NHL expansion process.

Friday marked a big day in that regard, as Quebecor confirmed that they’re in “Phase III” while Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper reports that Vegas accomplished the same task.

These reports are also backed up by TVA’s L.A. Lariviere.

It’s pretty much impossible to make “How many phases are there” type jokes – some prefer Austin Powers references, others might throw in “American Werewolf in London” – but the Associated Press indicates that this might be the final step.

A person familiar with the process told The Associated Press that the third stage involves the NHL reviewing the company’s business plan and revenue projections. If approved, the league would be in a position to award an expansion franchise as early as next month, the person added.

In case you skimmed that paragraph too quickly, let’s underline it: the league could award one or both cities an expansion franchise as early as September.

Wild stuff, right?

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Looks like Las Vegas’ NHL-friendly arena is coming along nicely

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Imagine this: hitting a casino, checking out an NHL game and then popping over to In-N-Out Burger.

ESPN’s Arash Markazi went on a tour of the arena being built in Las Vegas, and it sure looks like the progress is promising. Maybe most importantly, Markazi reports that that arena may be completed in 260 days (but let’s say “within a year” to be safe).

You should check out his Twitter feed for every shot, but here are a few other highlights:

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Markazi pointed out that the greasy burger, hidden menu mecca is within walking distance of that building, so his feed is worth checking out to get a fuller picture.

(H/T to The Score.)