A deal to move the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division is part of the Seattle expansion package that was to be voted on at the league's Board of Governor's meetings on Tuesday, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, who added, "And it will pass".
"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, lovely and fastest-growing cities", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. Their city has even won a Stanley Cup, as the Seattle Metropolitans became the first American team to capture it in 1917.
But some realignment would be necessary with Seattle joining the league, since a new team joining the Pacific Division would put it up to nine teams, while the Central would only have seven.
The Seattle franchise had already secured deposits from 25,000 would-be season ticketholders as of last March, ESPN reported. Those numbers are unprecedented for any expansion team in professional sports.
Meanwhile, the league would like to begin making plans for a 2020 World Cup of Hockey but has no guarantee of labour peace that would allow such a tournament to take place. The Thunderbirds ranked ninth in WHL attendance last season, averaging 4,950 fans a game. Chris Bradford asked Grant about the NHL's newest franchise. "They have Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, so they have a rivalry there (for the Canucks)". Believe it or not, there are no permanent public ice rinks inside the Seattle city limits, but that will change with the training center, which will feature a grand total of three rinks. "It's an exciting time for the league".
Players with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games (or who otherwise have been confirmed to have a career-threatening injury) may not be used to satisfy a club's player exposure requirements, unless approval is received from the National Hockey League. And ultimately, for our fans, this will be a good thing.
The NHL Board of Governors is expected to approve expansion to Seattle, with the league's 32nd team beginning play in the 2021-22 season.
The Vegas Golden Knights paid $500 million when they joined the league in 2016.
All players who have now effective and continuing "No Movement" clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits). The Penguins have four players with NMCs under contract in 2021 - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Kris Letang. It's a city with disposable income and the itch to spend it on a new team.
The NHL is coming to Seattle.
Groundbreaking for Seattle Center Arena will be December 5 at 3 p.m.