Seattle set to apply for National Hockey League expansion team


The NHL is opening its doors to Seattle.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday that the league has agreed to consider the application for an expansion team to be located in Seattle. "We do our homework, we evaluate it, we examine all of the aspects". And we're excited to go up north. "I think on some level Eugene Melnyk is disappointed, based on how well the team performed a year ago", Bettman said.

"I don't have all of those in front of me, but we'll get them". "Obviously we have to get the arena in place". "The board will ultimately make a decision". The Knights have been a great boost for the league, as they've started the season better than any expansion team in NHL history, and are vying for the top spot in the Pacific Conference with the L.A Kings. The Nordiques left town for Colorado in 1995.

"I said yesterday I thought we were on the path, I didn't know it would happen so quickly", Durkan laughed. Vegas was granted a team one year later. "If, if, if Seattle submits an expansion application and is approved by the board, then you have your other team in the West and you've solved your balance issue". This last season the National Hockey League opened an expansion team in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The NHL wants a franchise in Seattle and has for some time. Bonderman and Bruckheimer are partnered with the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group, which finalized a deal earlier in the week with the City of Seattle for a $600 million renovation of KeyArena, which opened in 1962. KeyArena was originally built in 1962 and was occupied by the NBA's Seattle Supersonics over three spans, including until the franchise's relocation following the 2008 season.

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The news also means that the Bonderman group, who were key in helping Seattle get the KeyArena renovation, will now be able to conduct a season ticket sales drive in the same vein as Vegas when it started its bid for a team. He made the announcement Thursday after the first day of the board of governors meeting.

But if you're concerned that Dundon might uproot the team - let's say, to the Lone Star State - think again, says the commissioner. "If there is a team that they choose to move, we will be all over them". "The rumours that it might be moving somewhere else are absolutely incorrect, made-up fabrications". The club is not going anywhere with Mr. Dundon's purchase.

Karmanos said having a majority owner committed to Raleigh was important.

Nevertheless, a reliable hockey source from Central Canada, who has asked to remain anonymous, says Seattle was never really in the running as an option for the Calgary Flames.