Another face-to-face meeting confirmed between Gary Bettman and the “Minister of the Nordiques”: https://t.co/0Q1nuSDSZG
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) November 14, 2023
About two years ago, the Quebec government announced that Minister Éric Girard, best known as Minister of Finance, would now have a new string to his bow: he would be in charge of liaising with the NHL regarding a potential return of the Quebec Nordiques.
Far from an announcement, he would become the government’s “spokesman” to maintain a line of communication between the NHL and the Quebec City market.
This was in the wake of Eugene Melnyk’s death, when it was rumoured that Senators games would be played in Quebec City. In the end, it didn’t happen.
Since then, we’ve heard a lot less about the relationship between the two men… but it looks like it’s about to change.
As for a full-time team, however, Minister Girard points out that there is currently no window of opportunity. There’s no team on the verge of moving (unless the Coyotes end up abandoning Arizona), and there’s no real talk of NHL expansion.
That said, today’s announcement shows that the NHL is still selling the dream in Quebec City. I’m sure Gary Bettman doesn’t mind seeing the government pumping a lot of public money into attracting the NHL, although I’m sure a lot of Quebecers don’t either.
Seeing Éric Girard put money into this makes people wonder about the management of public funds
Source : Sébastien Bovet pic.twitter.com/Vm3bNJhoVL
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) November 14, 2023
Anyway, we’ll see what comes out of this meeting, but it seems to be more of a courtesy meeting than anything else.
Here’s hoping something tangible comes of it for the Quebec City market.
– Shane Wright back in the AHL.
Additionally, forwards Ryan Winterton and Shane Wright have been reassigned to Coachella Valley. pic.twitter.com/8vnFrBpX4s
– Seattle Kraken PR (@SeattleKrakenPR) November 14, 2023
– The CH will have to score goals at 5-on-5.
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) November 14, 2023
Lane Hutson is averaging 28 minutes and 36 seconds per game on the ice this season.
– Marc-Olivier Beaudoin (@MOBeaudoin1) November 14, 2023
– Sad news.