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"One of the great tragedies that happened over the summer with respect to the Coyotes and Hamilton...

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"One of the great tragedies that happened over the summer with respect to the Coyotes and Hamilton and, before that, with respect to the Predators and Hamilton, is that expectations were built up. I don't want to do that to people. "The fact is, the lines of communications are open. We understand the possibilities but we're not in position to make any promises at this time other than: If we're going to be in a situation either by relocation or expansion where a franchise is a possibility, these are markets that are going to be looked at seriously."

— Commissioner Gary Bettman

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