"Forget about the Phoenix Coyotes heading back to their Winnipeg roots.
Asked on ESPN Radio what he planned to do with the Coyotes, commissioner Gary Bettman said, "We're gonna fix them. That's what we do when we have franchises in trouble."
So, take that Kansas City and Las Vegas and Hamilton/Waterloo.
As for those who believe that the NHL is a Canadian game:
"If you think back to the late '90s early 2000s, there were numerous articles suggesting Canadian franchises other than the Maple Leafs couldn't make it and there would be only one team left in Canada," Bettman said.
"But we don't buy into that hysteria."
(I guess we Canadians have short, selective memories.)
Added Bettman: "We have a pretty strong record of being supportive of franchises where they are, fixing them and making them work."
It made me feel better regardless.