Looks Like Seattle's Going To Get An NHL Team

Javier Stokes
December 11, 2017

The NHL Board of Governors has agreed to accept an expansion application from Seattle, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Thursday.

Bettman, speaking to reporters at the league's Board of Governor's meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., also said the expansion fee for a Seattle NHL team would be $650 million.

Though Seattle has never had an NHL team, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association's Seattle Metropolitans were the first US -based team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917.

The group that will apply for a Seattle team includes Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, and David Bonderman, a private equity CEO. There's a season-ticket drive starting, something that probably wouldn't be allowed if the league wasn't set on this.

What Bettman is asking of Seattle isn't all that different of the Vegas Golden Knights, who are now in their inaugural season and are in second place in the Pacific Division. The Golden Knights made their debut this season.

Seattle emerged from the meetings as the only candidate for the league's next expansion franchise, and could have its inaugural season as soon as 2020-21. Sorry, Quebec City. The NHL has other plans for you now.

We saw the (Vancouver) Canucks are really excited to come here and get beat. And we're excited to go up north.

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Yes, Seattle does have a Stanley Cup, won by the Pacific Coast Hockey Association's Seattle Metropolitans in 1917.

The president of the Vancouver Canuck is looking forward to potentially driving to one of his team's road games in the near future.

"This is not a team that is being moved".

Now, we just need a team name for the new Seattle team.

That's a threat to the politicians and residents of Arizona, Ottawa, Calgary, and anywhere else the National Hockey League is angling for a new publicly funded arena.

With that increased salary cap space, teams like the Chicago Blackhawks ($66M), Los Angeles Kings ($66M), and the Nashville Predators ($65) will have some much needed breathing space.

"We're projecting from our standpoint that the final escrow when it's settled out and we disperse it will be a single-digit escrow from player salaries for last season", Commissioner Bettman said. In most cases, agreements for an arena are the central cause and as long as those issues go unresolved, Houston hockey fans can wishfully think of these four teams as relocation candidates.

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