Per sources in Minnesota, ASU will not be joining the Big Ten:
Arizona State, which played its inaugural season of Division I men’s hockey this past season and is in the process of choosing a conference, is getting closer to that decision. Two sources told WCCO that the Big Ten is no longer in the running to add the Sun Devils, and that the choice is now between the Western Collegiate Hockey Association or the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The NCHC seems happy at 8 while the WCHA would gladly take them, but I'd bet ASU would rather get in the NCHC if they can
The Big Ten, which for more than a hundred years did not have any affiliate members, thought it would be prudent to see how those three new affiliate memberships go before adding any more of them, a source said, and for now at least, is content with seven men’s hockey teams.
So looks like we'll be at 7 for the time being and that's fine by me.