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Destination Seattle

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The NHL expansion train, destination Seattle, is now on the track and ready to leave the station – perhaps as soon as this week.

As soon as Seattle city council voted yes Monday to a radical refurbishment of Key Arena, Seattle checked off the final of three boxes the NHL requires to expand.

Market? Check.

The NHL has always had eyes for Seattle and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. That region has been the most notable missing part of the NHL’s so-called national “footprint” in the U.S. In 2013, the NHL’s internal rankings for most desirable expansion locations were: 1. Seattle; 2. Las Vegas; 3. Quebec City.

Quebec City was a distant third, and still isn’t seriously in the NHL expansion picture (more on that later). But in the  years since 2013, Seattle was quickly eclipsed by Las Vegas because the former didn’t have its arena and ownership buttoned down like the latter.


added 11:59am, also from McKenzie,

With all the talk of possible NHL expansion to Seattle, it’s probably a good time to review all the other franchise issues that seem to be percolating out there.

Let’s start with Carolina.

By all accounts, a sale of controlling interests of the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos to Texas businessman Thomas Dundon may be on the verge of happening.

That will spark a lot of “relocation” talk for the Canes, but it shouldn’t.

My strong sense is that the NHL remains fully committed to Carolina as an NHL market and if Dundon enters into an agreement to purchase the Canes, he’s doing so knowing full well the NHL would only approve it if the Canes stay put.


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HaHasek's avatar

Interesting when he talks about the negotiation involved re the expansion draft. I wonder how much leverage a new team actually has in bargaining for better expansion draft rules?

Posted by HaHasek on 12/06/17 at 12:12 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Canucks are 2.5 hours North of Seattle (Planned HIGH Speed, very High Speed, Rapid Transit from Vancouver to Seattle

Nucks have an attendance problem. Cut and Past for eternity.

Vancouver NFL fans support for the Sea Hawks big time

Vancouver’s large Oriental ($$$) and will follow the MLB mariners (player from China now and a maybe signing of a Hot to Trot new one(Oriental Babe Ruth, pitches and hits))

Vancouver is a Soccer City 1st, .2nd Gambling and gangs.

All Sport franchises have struggled, NBA died, CFL (Canadian Football) hanging on.

Peewee Bettman will get his money and a new Arizona team will crash.

Otherwise throw your laundered money into the Pacific Ocean, money hungry Owners

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 12/06/17 at 01:21 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Please please please won’t Santa put an NHL team in the Pacific Northwest for me.  It’s rediculous to have to drive 12 hours south of Portland or go to a different country to see an NHL game.  When you talk to any sports fan here it is evident how not tuned-in to hockey as a sport they are.  The NHL is missing out heavily on a ripe potential market here.  One that is growing, fast.

Fingers crossed!

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 12/07/17 at 12:36 PM ET

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