Report: NHL denies four-team expansion by 2017 The NHL may not be ready to expand just yet. Aug 27, 2014 at 10:30a ET The NHL may not be ready to expand just yet. On Tuesday, The Vancouver Province reported that an expansion team in Las Vegas was a "done deal." Late Tuesday night, Howard Bloom of @SportsBizNews tweeted that the league would add four more teams by 2017 for $1.4 billion in expansion fees. NHL expansion – four teams added by 2017, Quebec City, Toronto, Seattle, and Las Vegas $1.4b in expansion fees— Howard Bloom (@SportsBizNews) August 27, 2014 But on Wednesday, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told French TV network TVA Sports that expansion is "not in our plans". Seattle, Las Vegas, Quebec City and Toronto are mentioned whenever talk of league expansion surfaces.