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Would The Oilers Actually Move To Seattle?

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

Two big developments on the downtown arena file today, with Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz and team president Patrick LaForge reportedly down in Seattle, where city council has just approved a new $480 million arena building, as well as Edmonton’s Mayor Stephen Mandel setting an Oct. 17 drop dead date for the arena deal here.

Katz and LaForge reportedly visited the Key Arena, which is the old arena in Seattle, not the new one.

This all comes from Seattle radio reporter Ian Furness, who tweeted: “Breaking. A group representing the Edmonton Oilers, including team president, owner was in Seattle today taking a tour of Key Arena.”

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Is this not just a little premature and reactionary?

Posted by Garth on 09/24/12 at 08:25 PM ET

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I find it hard to believe that the Oilers would actually move.  But other successful franchises have moved before because they couldn’t secure an arena deal with their host cities.  The Nordiques, Jets, and Whalers all come to mind.  The Penguins almost moved too.

Posted by John from Pittsburgh, PA (Wings fan for life!) on 09/24/12 at 08:39 PM ET

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i dont see it happening. Oilers have too much of history in Edmonton. I can see phoenix new home in Seattle.

Posted by FlyersFan on 09/24/12 at 08:54 PM ET

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Nah.  This is just a powerplay to get the city to bend over for them.  Which they will.

Then again, it’s risky to underestimate the stupidity of owners.  After all, they thought the last CBA would solve their problems.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 09/24/12 at 10:02 PM ET

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Oilers to Vegas?  LOL.

But, yeah, Seattle would hook onto hockey real quick.  The Seattle Sounders FC took off like crazy.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 09/24/12 at 10:05 PM ET

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Let me guess, owners using strong arm tactics to get someone else to pay up front for the “risk” that they are taking. Either way the fans are going to foot the bill.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/24/12 at 10:14 PM ET

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As somebody living in Kansas City while Mario Lemieux was pulling this shit with the Penguins, all I can say is hahaha.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/24/12 at 11:03 PM ET

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might as well go where the money is

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 09/25/12 at 04:11 AM ET

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