Commish suddenly a big booster

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

It was an "intriguing" comment, but it certainly wasn't the first time Gary Bettman has opened the door to a return to Winnipeg.

In fact, an interview the NHL commissioner did with Rogers Sportsnet three weeks ago was even more pro-Winnipeg than the comments he made at the Stanley Cup final in Anaheim Monday.

Talking to Sportsnet hockey analysts Daren Millard and Nick Kypreos, Bettman pegged the 'Peg as his first choice, should the NHL ever look for another Canadian city.

"If we were going to put another team in Canada, I would like to see it go to a place like Winnipeg, where they've lost a team," Bettman said. "It may be a little small, but there's a new building in Winnipeg, which was part of the problem when the Jets left. And with our partnership with the players, our new economic system, a city like Winnipeg or Quebec City might now be able to support a team."

Bettman stressed the NHL isn't looking to relocate a franchise or expand, but if it ever does he "would like to look at Winnipeg, first."


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