NHL commissioner Bettman says league will consider Seattle expansion bid

NHL commissioner Bettman says league will consider Seattle expansion bid

A Seattle ownership group has been authorized to file an application for an NHL expansion team, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday.

Seattle's expansion fee has been set at US$650 million - which is $150 million more than the expansion fee Bill Foley paid for the Vegas Golden Knights, an expansion team that started playing this season.

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 NHL has agreed to consider a Seattle expansion proposal, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Thursday. The Seattle Metropolitans became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917.

A new arena is now being built in the city with the hope of attracting National Hockey League and NBA teams as its first occupants.

Bettman says expansion application for Seattle is basically the same as #Vegas except for price BUT also may consider option for relocation in 2020-21 if it comes to that instead.

NHL commissioner Bettman says league will consider Seattle expansion bid

As for the National Hockey League, bringing a franchise to Seattle would balance out the two conferences, with the East now at 16 and the West at 15. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said shortly after the National Hockey League announcement was made.

On Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an agreement with a developer to renovate KeyArena so the venue could be ready for an National Basketball Association or NHL team.

OVG would privately finance a $600 million remodel of the aging arena.

Durkan says the deal protects taxpayers and is good for the city.

Information from the Associated Press is included in this report.

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