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Keeping Seattle In The News

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

It has been just over a year since the NHL granted the Emerald City its 32nd franchise and while a dream team of owners and executives have created some noise with our neighbours to the south, the nameless, faceless operation is still more an idea than an actual team.

That idea will begin to take form and dimensions at some point in early 2020 when the team name and colours are announced, possibly as early as the Jan. 25 NHL All-Star game at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. But that still leaves another 20 months before the puck drops at Key Arena, the team’s home that is in the midst of a modest billion-dollar facelift in downtown Seattle.

In the meantime, there is a void to fill and the team’s brain trust — CEO Tod Leiweke, COO Victor de Bonis, the longtime Canucks’ executive and others, many others — have been doling out enough of what passes for news to keep the market engaged.


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Scout Cammi Granato

from Jim Morris of CBC,

Evaluating hockey talent is nothing new to Cammi Granato.

In the past, the Olympic gold medallist would argue the strengths and weakness of players either with her brothers around the family dinner table, or later with her husband Ray Ferraro, a former NHL player and current broadcaster.

Granato's thoughts and evaluations carry even more weight now that she is the only female scout in the NHL.

"Your opinion actually matters," said the former U.S. Olympic team captain and Hockey Hall of Famer. "It [used to] only matter when Ray and I bet, and I would win the bet. I would be excited I was right."

Granato has been hired by the Seattle expansion team as one of five professional scouts as the franchise prepares to begin play in the 2021-22 season.


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The Cost Of Tickets In Seattle

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to $15,620 for the 2,600 priciest seats.

We’ve warned NHL prices aren’t for the faint of heart, but seeing them in black and white seems to have some fans fainting while grasping for their hearts.

Sticker shock? Try toaster-in-your-bathtub shock.

That said, prices for “club level” seats here aren’t out of whack with premium tickets in New York; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Denver; Philadelphia; Las Vegas and elsewhere.

And for those citing prices in Detroit, Buffalo, or wherever else housing costs a fraction what it does here, take a breath. Our city’s relative wealth obviously factored, as did NHL Seattle being a new team with zero on-ice baggage playing in a new arena (under the same roof).

Sure, NHL Seattle isn’t exactly offering club-seat bargains. They even tried softening the blow by stating general season-ticket prices — to be released next year — will start as low as $50 per night. But that’s still right on the league’s mid- to upper-tier border for the priciest among lowest-cost seat options and not comparable to $13.50 in Anaheim, $14.70 in Colorado, $20 in San Jose and $24 in Columbus.


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Morning Line- Geoff Baker

But if things don’t pan out — and they rarely do for the Leafs — then coach Mike Babcock could become a prime candidate for Seattle’s franchise a year ahead of schedule. Babcock isn’t the only coach of interest, but appears among the most vulnerable of the marquee names — Paul Maurice in Winnipeg and Bruce Boudreau in Minnesota look shaky, too — it would take for NHL Seattle to hire somebody next summer rather than in early 2021.

- Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.  Read more from Baker in a piece written for the Seattle hockey fans.

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Cammi Granato Now A Pro Scout For The NHL Team In Seattle

from NHL.com,

Cammi Granato became the first female pro scout in the NHL when the former Olympian was hired by the Seattle expansion team Wednesday.

"I've had other NHL opportunities to get back into hockey," Granato told the Seattle website. "Seattle is the right fit for me and an exciting organization to join. It lined up as the perfect opportunity.

"What a time in sports right now, seeing all sorts of ceilings shattered by women. If I can inspire someone to become a scout or work in an NHL front office, that's amazing."


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Seattle Plans To Discourage Ticket Brokers

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

Seattle’s NHL team is still more than two years from taking the ice, but officials are already moving to stop what they call “ticket brokers’’ from stockpiling an inventory of KeyArena seats.

Starting Wednesday, NHL Seattle plans to contact suspected brokers who’ve reserved season tickets and tell them they can’t have them all. Fans in March 2018 were able to make deposits of $500 or $1,000 per ticket and between 32,000 and 33,000 were actually reserved in fewer than 48 hours before the list was capped.

“We’re going to go through our list and try to identify any prospective brokers on the list,’’ NHL Seattle president and CEO Tod Leiweke said Tuesday. “And then we’re going to pick up the phone and talk to them. Our aim is to not have brokers camping out on our list, buying tickets solely for the purpose of reselling.’’

Leiweke said the team should begin inviting fans to actually buy tickets this fall – possibly in late October. The delay in converting deposits into actual tickets is just one of several items the team has continuously postponed since the NHL franchise was awarded last December.


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Ron Francis Is Officially The GM In Seattle

from NHLSeatte,

NHL Seattle named Ron Francis the first General Manager in franchise history on July 18, 2019.  Francis brings an acclaimed skill for evaluating NHL-caliber talent and his renowned hockey IQ will determine the franchise's style of play.

"After seven months of due diligence, research, conversations, interviews and evaluation, we are thrilled to announce Ron as our GM," said NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke.


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Ron Francis May Be The GM In Seattle


added 9:45pm,

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

Ron Francis, who played in the NHL for 22 seasons and is fifth all time in points, is to be announced this week as the first general manager of Seattle’s incoming franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated.


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Former NHL Player Bert Marshall Keeping An Eye On The Seattle Hockey Group

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

The most quietly famous hockey resident of Poulsbo has a view of the Hood Canal from a home on five wooded acres of gorgeous Kitsap County property.

Bert Marshall also has some well-honed views on Seattle’s incoming NHL expansion franchise and the importance of hiring the right team builders, starting with the general manager and then the coach. During 15 NHL seasons, Marshall, a stay-at-home defenseman, played for some of the best and worst teams in league history: from Gordie Howe and the mid-1960s Detroit Red Wings, to the California Golden Seals expansion disaster, to a New York Islanders squad that grew into a dynasty.

But by the time Marshall got to the pre-dynastic Islanders, the architects of that squad were leaning on him to show younger players the work ethic needed to differentiate the best from worst.

“I like to say that I was the guy the stars had to play against before they could be stars,’’ said Marshall, 75, whose life here in Washington now on two-plus decades has been nearly as unassuming as his career. “I think I held my own.’’

He’s paying attention locally now to how NHL Seattle builds its own on-ice product. The group has considered hiring a GM this summer rather than next year, a decision hinging on the caliber of candidates expected to become available.

“That’s the one hire you’ve got to get right,’’ Marshall said. “Everything else will flow from that.’’


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Dave Tippett Is Wearing Many Hats For The Seattle Franchise

from Ed Willies of the Vancouver Province,

As he begins his scouting mission for Seattle’s new NHL franchise, Dave Tippett is preoccupied with a variety of concerns, most of which have nothing to do with actual scouting.

No, that’s the fun part of the job and it will arrive soon enough. But when he talks about the team being in its building phase, Seattle’s one-man hockey department means it literally.

On those occasions he can drag himself to NHL games, Tippett is focused on things such as the size and configuration of the locker rooms, the location of the video room and the number of parking spots reserved for players.

There is no detail too small for Tippett, and when you’re starting a $1.5-billion operation, there are a lot of details to consider. If this all goes right, the Grungemonsters, or whatever they’ll be called, hope to replicate the jaw-dropping success of their expansion brethren from Las Vegas.

Until then it’s about tape measures and blueprints for Tippett.

read on

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Seattle May Be Another Hot Hockey Market

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL is still reviewing Seattle’s expansion application, but it would be hard to say no to a city that had deposits on 10,000 season tickets in the first 12 minutes on March 1. Sales were cut off at 32,000. It's still undetermined how many season tickets will be issued, but the ownership group has committed to giving at least some tickets to all 32,000.

“Hockey is bigger (in Seattle) than people think,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of the Oak View Group, which submitted the application. "It has two junior teams with the Everett Silvertips and the Seattle Thunderbirds."

The NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 season and there has been a void in winter sports since.

“The Northwest is a very big territory,” Leiweke said. “When you look at Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho. You combine all of those eyeballs that’s an enormous part of the country without a hockey team to root for.”

Almost 1,000 season tickets were purchased by Canadians, according to Leiweke. Some Alaskans bought tickets, and some ticket buyers were from Oregon. The vast majority were from Washington.


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Today Is The First Day Of The NHL Ticket Drive In Seattle

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Seattle Looks Like A Go, But What About Quebec City?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Now that Tim Leiweke has his arena deal looking like a lock in Seattle, with an NHL expansion team certain to follow, the question is: What does this mean for Quebec City?

The short answer is: not a lot. It still means Quebec City and its supporters have to be patient and wait for another team to relocate. Seattle was always right there with Las Vegas among the NHL governors when it came to the favourite cities for expansion. The only thing preventing an announcement was an arena deal.

Leiweke, the former president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, has one in reach. Seattle won't be awarded a team tomorrow, or maybe even next month or next year, but it will get one.

"That means it's just a matter of time before NHL franchise 32 is awarded," one NHL governor said on Tuesday after news of the Seattle deal surfaced. "It's where we've always wanted to go."


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