I don't see it happening. Bettman said, and I agree, that there will be no expansion.
As for relocation, well look how hard the NHL is battling to keep a team in Phoenix that is a financial disaster instead of moving it to best market available in north America (south Ontario) for the NHL. Now you think they will move a team in Quebec city? not happening...
Maybe one day when Bettman will be gone and a few other markets will get their teams first...maybe
I'm no fan but why is it that folks think Bettman determines any of this stuff. The Governors are Bettman's boss. Most of those Governors are from American markets. they are the ones who do not want another team in Canada
A team in Quebec or Winnepeg would be okay with me. I've never liked the concept of putting a team in Hamilton at Copps.
Get real dude - players will not want to play in QC... sorry, but all the history and charm and public services are just not important when you make 500K let alone 5 mil.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love a team in QC, but seriously, it's not going to be a desired destination for many reasons.
Have you ever been to Detroit? Detroit is a third world city. QC must be paradise compared to Detroit.
This whole "attracting free agents" topic is overblown. Create winning teams and players will want to come to the city.
Take the comparison of Calgary and Edmonton. I've lived in both cities, they are very similar. Pretty much the exact same population, very similar climate (although CGY does get chinooks), similar demographics. Calgary doesn't have a problem attracting free agents, while on the other hand Edmonton can't sign any. So what's the difference? Edmonton hasn't made the playoffs in 3 years, while Calgary has been in the playoffs for 5 straight years. Once you create the culture, the players will come.
As I mentioned earlier, Detroit has no problem attractive free agents. Detroit is one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in North America. It probably has a smaller population than QC right now. The population has been declining for decades. The city has had a long history of race problems. Yet, free agents still sign here.