The NHL has made it a point to tell the media that the Carolina Hurricanes, once sold, will not be in jeopardy of relocating to another market.
On Monday, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters "There's no issue relating to the Hurricanes."
That does not appear to be the case.
As reported by Luke DeCock of the
Raleigh News & Observer, Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. has
defaulted on more than $100 million he borrowed from his three sons' trust account.
According to the paper, Karmanos has been trying to sell his majority share in the Hurricanes for some time -- two years, according to the News & Observer -- but has not found a buyer willing to meet his terms.
None of the parties involved, including the NHL, were willing to comment on the subject when approached by DeCock.
TFP Editor-in-Chief David
Pagnotta reported on Wednesday that the NHL plans on expanding to only Las Vegas, while they will defer their decision on Quebec City to a later date.
It's possible the NHL is aware of the Hurricanes' situation and are leaving Quebec City open to the possibility of relocating the Hurricanes there, though League officials have repeatedly told TFP and other media outlets that relocation is not on the horizon.
That remains to be seen.