Contrary to some belief, the NHL is not in a position to expand to southern Ontario, Quebec or anywhere else, says the league's deputy commissioner.

Bill Daly on Thursday told Hockey Night in Canada Radio listeners "we're not there right now" on expansion.

Those words might come as a devastating blow to those living in and around Markham, Ont., after city council in the city of about 300,000 just north of Toronto voted Tuesday night in support of a funding plan to build an NHL-style arena with the help of public funding.

"I haven't talked to Paul about expansion recently," Daly told HNIC Radio host Gord Stellick and co-host Scott Oake. "As a sports league, you would like to be in a position where there are markets that want to host NHL franchises, potential ownership groups that want to own NHL franchises.

"The Markham arena project is not new news to us. We've been in contact with Markham city officials going back a number of years now.