Fans in New York will still see the Kings come to town. Whether the Ottawa Senators will play there is another question.
Interconference games will stay for the time being, but the future of the Senators is still up in the air. Those were two key issues discussed yesterday as the NHL Board of Governors met at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida.
Recently, there had been rumors that to save money on travel and reduce scheduling problems, the league would stop sending Eastern Conference teams out west and vice versa.
"We had a brief discussion and overwhelmingly the board's view was there's no point in discussing the elimination of interconference games," Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "I took an informal poll . . . it's really a non-issue."
Ottawa owner Rod Bryden, hoping to receive tax relief to keep the Senators in Canada, gave an update on his team's instability. If he doesn't get the financial breaks, Ottawa could join Canadian cities such as Quebec and Winnipeg that have lost teams to U.S. cities. Houston, Las Vegas, Cleveland and Portland, Ore., have been mentioned as possible suitors if Bryden decides to move the club.
SUSPENSION: Flames D Denis Gauthier was suspended for two games by the league for an elbow to the head of Rangers F Tim Taylor. Gauthier hit Taylor with 34 seconds gone in the game Monday night. He did not receive a penalty for the hit, which sent Taylor to the dressing room for most of the first period. Taylor returned to score the winning goal in overtime.
MOVE: D Marty McSorley, third in NHL history in penalty minutes, signed a one-year contract with the Bruins. McSorley, part of the Stanley Cup-winning Oilers in 1987 and 1988, had been an unrestricted free agent since playing 46 games with the Oilers last season in his second stint with the team.