According to a report in The Globe and Mail, senior NHL officials met with a group of business people who want to bring a second team to the Toronto area.
The Globe quotes sources as saying the unidentified group met for two-and-a-half hours with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in downtown Toronto last week. They also met with Paul Kelly, the executive director of the NHL Players' Association.
The paper says the group proposes to build an arena in Vaughan, a suburb north of Toronto, on land north of Pearson International Airport that's owned by businessman Victor De Zen.
One source said the group's market research showed a second team would not significantly impact the revenues of either the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Buffalo Sabres, provided that it is located in the northern part of the Metro Toronto area.
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Toronto parent company, has said it would not consider allowing another team into its territory without concrete data to demonstrate the Leafs position in the marketplace would not be compromised.