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Bettman, Daly Made A Recent Visit To Seattle

from Chris Daniels of King5 News,

Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday that the NHL commissioner and deputy commissioner made a personal visit to Seattle last week and met with its top two elected officials.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly flew to Seattle last week and met privately with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Bettman has publicly stated the league has interest in placing a franchise in the Seattle market, but that "building issues" have gotten in the way.

Constantine spokesman Frank Abe described the meeting between Bettman and Constantine as a "meet and greet" and that "nothing was really brewing right now."

NHL Spokesman Frank Brown confirmed the meeting Tuesday, and said "Commissioner Bettman met with the Mayor while on the West Coast for playoff games. The purpose of the meeting was solely to obtain a status report on the new arena."

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SYF's avatar

My nipples are all perky.  /sarcasm

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/13/14 at 06:23 PM ET

SK77's avatar

A NHL franchise in the Pacific Northwest? That’s sheer stupidity.

What about Atlanta or a third franchise in Florida? /sarcasm for SYF

Posted by SK77 on 05/13/14 at 06:46 PM ET

SYF's avatar

No, my feeling is, “I’ll believe it when it happens.”  It just feels like speculation all over again.

And for the record, if it does happen for Seattle (with that kind of support for MLS’ Sounders), I totally dig it and I sure hope it succeeds.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/13/14 at 06:50 PM ET

blammo's avatar

I like them better than the Canucks already!

Posted by blammo from Vancouver, BC on 05/13/14 at 07:15 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

They were totally in Seattle to try some salmon and visit the Nirvana exhibit wink

Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised if the NHL expands to Seattle, and instead of Quebec City, Las Vegas, within the next 6-8 years. Seattle has a fan base, and while Las Vegas isn’t exactly a sports town, I’m sure the NHL will do its best to sell some resort owner on the concept that NHL team + sports and concert venue + casino = $$$$, even if Las Vegas becomes the most-traveled destination for other teams’ fan bases via travel company deals.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/14/14 at 01:53 AM ET

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