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Sens' owner convinced of European expansion, Bettman skeptical

Updated: October 5, 2008, 3:18 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

STOCKHOLM -- Talk of NHL expansion to Europe took on a more serious tone Sunday when the owner of the Ottawa Senators said he believed it wasn't a question of if, but rather when.

"It's happening, it's going to happen," Eugene Melnyk told a small group of reporters before Sunday's Senators-Penguins game at Globe Arena. "A question of time, a question of how we can set up a schedule, but you can see here in Sweden, fan response been absolutely ... almost as crazy as us Canadians.

"In ...

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