BOCA RATON, FLA. - Pierre Karl Peladeau's bid to win a seat in the upcoming Quebec provincial election won't affect Quebec City's candidacy for an NHL expansion franchise.
Not that the NHL has any plans for expansion right now.
"I've been asked about it. You know what? We've been down here. I started getting some inquiries, I think late Sunday night," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly at the league's general managers' meetings. "What I'd say at this point: I don't think it plays a role at all in our process. I don't want to suggest we have a (formal expansion) process, in anything we're thinking.
"I wouldn't view it as a negative or a positive."
Peladeau, who stepped down from his duties at Quebecor (the parent company of Sun Media) before he entered the political ring as a candidate for the separatist Parti Quebecois, had been spearheading the bid to bring back the Nordiques to Quebec City.
Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, vice-chairman of the Quebecor board, will now have a more prominent role in the bring-back-the-Nordiques campaign, Quebec City mayor Regis Labeaume told reporters.