When the Seattle Kraken joined the NHL as its 32nd club, the league was in near perfect balance. 32 is a nice, round number, divisible by two, four, eight, and sixteen, giving the NHL an optimal number of teams with regards to playoff berthing and divisional alignment.
Not to mention added revenue sharing, which has been a huge
boost for the NHL after the pandemic wrecked its financial stability. Still, it seems as though the NHL has plans to expand beyond 32 teams.
According to Insider Christ Johnston, the NHL could undergo further expansion in the next couple of years.
"Someone had predicted to me during the pandemic that, you know, these owners obviously took on a lot of water during the pandemic when they couldn't sell tickets to their buildings and all those sorts of things.
And that future expansion would be one way to recoup some of those losses. So that'll be something. I'm not saying that on the immediate horizon, but, you know, maybe in a year or two time we're talking about expanding the league beyond 32."