National Hockey League to accept expansion application from Seattle
10 December, 2017, 03:13 | Author: Laura Christensen
The process with the National Hockey League possibly coming to Seattle will be similar to how the process transpired in Las Vegas with the Golden Knights.
Though Seattle has never had an NHL team, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association's Seattle Metropolitans were the first USA -based team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. "But I think there is a lot of pent up appetite in Seattle for this", Durkan said.
In short, if the newly renovated arena doesn't get a hockey team, it could sit mostly empty for at least three years, so the Oak View Group is highly motivated to get fans in seats as soon as the renovations are completed by securing an NHL team. "I have every confidence that that partnership will go very smoothly".
If approved, Seattle could become the 32nd team in the league.
Leafs president Brendan Shanahan didn't stop to speak with reporters after the meeting broke Friday, but Edmonton Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson, whose club recently signed star forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl to long-term deals, said the cap increase was welcome news. When asked if Quebec City could get back in the expansion process this round, Bettman was blunt: "Our plan is just to look at Seattle at this point in time". The team wont move from North Carolina, commissioner Gary Bettman said.
The league opened the board of governors meeting Thursday by announcing it has agreed to consider an expansion application from billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer for Seattle - the franchise would cost $650 million - and allow the pair to start a season-ticket drive to gauge interest. "If I wanted to be positive, I'd say one of the things we kept harping on is we need another team in the (Western Conference) before we consider expanding in the East". The Knights have been a great boost for the league, as they've started the season better than any expansion team in NHL history, and are vying for the top spot in the Pacific Conference with the L.A Kings. "The rumors that it might be moving somewhere else are absolutely incorrect, made up, fabrications, wrong, wrong, wrong". "As I think everybody knows, the club has stopped the pursuit of a new arena because they think it's futile", he said. "We want to work together, so we're thinking about it". "Right now, it's kind of in the hands of the public authorities in NY as to whether they're granted an RFP for the Belmont Project", Daly said. "I think on some level Eugene Melnyk is disappointed, based on how well the team performed past year", Bettman said.
"Evaluating the market, the arena, the ownership, the impact on the league is something that we'll go through", said Bettman.
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