New York billionaire Nelson Peltz made another step towards purchasing the Ottawa Senators when he showed up at the Corel Centre with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday night.

Bettman, who flew in from New York, confirmed he was accompanied by Peltz, who sat in Ottawa owner Rod Bryden's suite for the second time in less than a month at Thursday's Capitals-Senators game.

The Ottawa Sun says Peltz, 58, who with partner Peter May sold the Snapple franchise for $1.45 billion US last year, was accompanied by his financial advisers and they are studying the idea of making an offer.

"Yes, Nelson is here. He's been talking to (Bryden), but there's a lot of discussions going on right now," Bettman told the Ottawa Sun. "Just because Nelson is here, don't read too much into it because he's here for a meeting.

"He's a big hockey fan. He's been here before and right now these are just discussions.

"This doesn't mean anything is imminent and I really don't want you to think something is going to happen just because he's here. He's taking a look at (the Senators), but he's not the only one."