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Bettman says National Hockey League will consider Seattle expansion bid

11 December 2017, 01:09 | Sammy Green

Bettman says National Hockey League will consider Seattle expansion bid

Seattle to Quebec City: All the latest NHL expansion and relocation possibilities

"People of certain ethnic minorities still have a tough time, and if you're trying to get to a certain place for a certain time, that's a big issue".

The group that will apply for a Seattle team includes Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, and David Bonderman, a private equity CEO. As part of the process, Seattle will be allowed to eventually run a season-ticket holder drive.

What Bettman is asking of Seattle isn't all that different of the Vegas Golden Knights, who are now in their inaugural season and are in second place in the Pacific Division. The Vegas Golden Knights were very fortunate to collect some quality players in the expansion draft.

"The League has never been healthier", Commissioner Bettman said. This isn't an open competition.

"Obviously, there a lot of differences between Seattle and Quebec City, not the least of which is our conference alignment", Bettman said.

And Seattle's already talking trash to their inevitable geographic rivals.

We saw the (Vancouver) Canucks are really excited to come here and get beat. However, he went on to say "But that's not something we're focused on right now because we don't anticipate anybody moving right now". "We remember Seattle has more Stanley Cups and we plan to add to that". According to the MOU, it would "provide a world-class civic arena to attract and present music, entertainment and sports events, potentially including National Basketball Association [NBA] and National Hockey League [NHL] events to Seattle and the region".

The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators remain in a gray area with the league for one reason or another.

Around the league: Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy said he will donate his brain to help with head-trauma research, becoming the first active NHL player to make such a pledge. The move marks the latest step toward the end of Karmanos lengthy attempt to sell the team he moved from Hartford, Conn., to North Carolina two decades ago.

With that increased salary cap space, teams like the Chicago Blackhawks ($66M), Los Angeles Kings ($66M), and the Nashville Predators ($65) will have some much needed breathing space. In most cases, agreements for an arena are the central cause and as long as those issues go unresolved, Houston hockey fans can wishfully think of these four teams as relocation candidates.

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