Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NHL trying for franchise in Seattle

It’s very possible that Seattle could be the next target for an NHL franchise. They had a chance earlier this year, when he Phoenix Coyotes had to option to leave Arizona, however they ultimately chose to stay put.

Gary Bettman, the NHL Commissioner, is pushing for yet another expansion team. He is trying to get one before the start of the 2014-15 season, and Seattle looks like his first choice. Other viable locations could include Quebec City, Kansas City, Las Vegas,. and possibly Portland.

The Western Conference currently has two less teams than the East, so it makes sense that the next expansion teams will belong to the West. I think a new team in Seattle would be goo for the NHL. It allows for  new rivalries to begin,  and it also brings back some history to the NHL.

The Seattle Metropolitans were the first team from an American city to bring home the Stanley Cup back in 1917.


What do you think about the possible addition? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • John Terry

    In 5 years, I think you will see 32 teams. Two expansion teams in Quebec and Seattle, and one relocated team to Portland. I think Portland is very under-served with only the Blazers (plus a very well supported MLS team). Paul Allen already acknowledged he was looking at an NHL team. A second Toronto team would make more than all of those for the league but it should be about expanding your league’s reach and tapping into the Pacific NW television market

  • DJS425

    Seattle + NHL = $$