The National Hockey League will expand into new markets before it relocates franchises from current cities, Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Tuesday. However, expansion of the league's 30 teams is not on the immediate horizon, Bettman told the Reuters Global Media Summit. "Moving clubs from their current locations is not something we're planning on doing," Bettman said. "However, I know there is substantial interest in a number of places in Canada and we are interested in that interest, be it from Winnipeg or Quebec City or even southern Ontario. "The fact is we're not seeking to relocate any franchises and as a result expansion would be the way to satisfy that interest. But in this economic climate, I'm not exactly comfortable that this is the right time to be expanding."