The NHL has agreed to consider a Seattle expansion proposal, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Thursday.
The renovations are expected to be finished by 2020, putting a benchmark on the approximate date for when we could see a hockey team in Seattle. "We do our homework, we evaluate it, we examine all of the aspects".
"It is a work in progress but we're very confident that we're going to get this to work", Commissioner Bettman said, "and the amount of data that it will provide in addition to creating opportunities for broadcasters to use it in real time is pretty exciting".
"From everything I know viscerally I think [Seattle] will be a good market", Commissioner Bettman added.
Though Seattle has never had an NHL team, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association's Seattle Metropolitans were the first US -based team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. As for potential names, the Seattle Times asked its readers about potential monikers and got a bevy of responses including the Metropolitans, Silvertips, Thunderbirds and Totems. "The board will ultimately make a decision".More news: Adorable Suri Cruise steals show introducing Taylor Swift at Jingle Ball
Although Houston is not in the running to host the NHL's next expansion club, there are still several teams that could possibly relocate, but that option also took a hit on Thursday. Then you have the Vegas Golden Knights, who are sitting pretty at $34 million tied up for 2018-19. The Nordiques left town for Colorado in 1995. "But I think there is a lot of pent up appetite in Seattle for this", Durkan said.
The Eastern Conference has one more team than the Western Conference.
If the National Hockey League is bent on setting up shop specifically in Seattle, it has plenty of reasons to defend that plan - for one, there's the city's approval of a glamorous renovation for KeyArena, which is expected to be NHL-ready by 2020. 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.
The group includes Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, and David Bonderman, a private equity CEO.
That news came on the heels of the announcement that Texas businessman Tom Dundon had signed an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes. "We want to work together, so we're thinking about it". "Because we're not anticipating anybody moving right now".