Bettman meets with Quebec City mayor

Updated: October 10, 2009, 5:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec -- The mayor of Quebec City has spoken with the NHL about the possible return of the Nordiques to the NHL.

Mayor Regis Labeaume said Saturday he met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman along with former Nordiques owner Marcel Aubut. The mayor adds that the talks in New York on Friday were "very profitable, very worthwhile."

The talk revolved around the need for a new arena, the need for a good owner and the need for corporate support, according to ESPN.com's Pierre Lebrun.

Bettman encouraged the mayor to continue trying to get a new arena built, but made no promises, according to LeBrun. They also agreed to stay in touch.

Bettman said this month he would consider Quebec City as a possible home to an NHL team if it followed through on plans to build a top arena and if a team were for sale. The Nordiques were sold in 1995 and moved to Denver as the Colorado Avalanche.

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and the Associated Press contributed to this story.