There has been some talk about NHL expansion with Seattle possibly being the recipient of a new team.
“When (expansion) happens, I think Seattle will certainly be an intriguing marketplace from the league’s perspective,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Times at Yankee Stadium in December. “I think we have a belief in the Pacific Northwest. It being good hockey territory. I think, obviously, the Canucks have done a fantastic job — in Vancouver, but also throughout British Columbia and the Pacific region — at driving interest in the sport.
“So, we think the possibility is there. It’s kind of more obvious than some of the other areas. It doesn’t mean we’ve done our due diligence. We’d need to satisfy ourselves on the marketplace, but just the objective factors around the marketplace suggest Seattle would be a good hockey market.”
Now, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is weighing in on a Seattle team in an interview with Vancouver’s Team 1040.
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) March 2, 2014
The Seattle Times reported just last week that the NHL was expected to issue a “letter of intent’’ to award a franchise in coming weeks to one of three potential Seattle ownership groups.