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Saturday, May 18, 2024

NHL on Offense as Playoffs Heat Up

  • The NHL is looking to build on a big regular season as it eyes expansion to new markets.
  • ESPN's Emily Kaplan provides insight on why these playoffs have Gary Bettman's imprint on them and what other owners think about outgoing Coyotes' owner Alex Meruelo.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tyler Bertuzzi (59) scores against Boston Bruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman (1) during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena.
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The NHL is entering the playoffs coming off the best-attended regular season in its history. That will only further stoke the league’s desire to expand to new markets, with the Phoenix area remaining the NHL’s top priority. ESPN’s Emily Kaplan joins the show to discuss how these playoffs are a dream come true for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, where the league could expand next, and why Ryan Smith’s “energy” is just what the NHL needs.

Plus, NFL draftees could see record salaries, the league is expanding its international efforts in Australia, and Utah is set to claim the 2034 Winter Olympics.

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