The NBA wanted to bring the Kings to Seattle but all we ended up doing was help Sacramento rally their troops.
Phoenix turned out to be the equivalent for the NHL. That organization found new, local buyers to keep the team from relocating.
Now it turns out that the NHL is seriously considering expansion. Can you guess which city seems the clear-cut favorite to land this new expansion team?
Mitch Levy, a sports-talk radio host in Seattle, shared a rumor saying NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is pushing the Board of Governors to make an expansion team available to Seattle. Levy says it would cost $275 million to start the team and that the new team would begin playing in the 2014-15 season.
An NHL team playing in Seattle’s Key Arena as early as 2014 would be the absolute best case scenario that hockey fans could hope for.
An owner stepping up and paying $275 million, the league establishing an expansion draft, a franchise hiring all necessary staff including a coach and general manager would all have to be completed in a years time. Often just choosing a name and color scheme can take this long.