The ongoing situations of the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames' arena situations are leaving Canadian fans wonder what will happen with the teams, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has had enough.
In an interview during Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports on Thursday, Bettman decide to publicly reprimand the Flames and Senators' owners.
“The Senators need a new building downtown and that’s something that’s going to have to get worked out,” Bettman flat-out said. “The Flames do need a new building, and that’s something that’s a concern for sure that has to get focused on; and yes, Quebec City has a building, but nobody’s moving right now, we’re not expanding East.
“Calgary’s been very frustrating because the Flames have concluded they can’t make a building deal in Calgary so they’ll hang out and hang on as long as they can and we’ll just have to deal with those things as they come up."
The message is clear: the NHL is not expanding East for now. When asked about Sens owner Eugene Melnyk's comments during the centennial celebration last week, Bettman expressed his frustration.
“If you’re asking me if I was happy about the swirl of attention that those comments got while we were basically closing out our Centennial Celebration, the answer is no,” Bettman said.
The commissioner keeps hoping the situations will get under control to ensure the best for the League and its fans.