Seattle to Quebec City: All the latest National Hockey League expansion and relocation possibilities
10 December, 2017, 03:10 | Author: Carla Brady
But once the Oak View Group received approval from the Seattle City Council for a $660 million renovation of KeyArena, the National Hockey League pounced, inviting the group to apply for expansion and allowing it to conduct a season-ticket drive.
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Bettman said the Board of Governors has agreed to accept and consider the proposal, allowing the group to conduct a season ticket drive.
Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan said she spoke with Tim Leiweke, part of the Oak View Group that got approval to renovate KeyArena, and that they "couldn't be more thrilled".
Bettman said the process of setting up a team in Seattle would be similar to what happened for Las Vegas, according to K5.
Seattle emerged from the meetings as the only candidate for the league's next expansion franchise, and could have its inaugural season as soon as 2020-21. "Our plan is just to look at Seattle at this point". "If I wanted to be positive, I'd say one of the things we kept harping on is we need another team in the (Western Conference) before we consider expanding in the East".
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Seattle's celebratory news left Calgarians commiserating over the possibility of losing their beloved Flames, something Seattle residents understand after Washington state government officials refused to upgrade KeyArena in an effort to keep the team in 2006. The group initially offered $600 million but agreed to pay the higher price. In small-market Quebec City's case, a $650 million expansion fee would cost close to $850 million in Canadian dollars after the exchange rate is factored in. "As I think everybody knows, the club has stopped the pursuit of a new arena because they think it's futile", he said. "I think the geographic rivalry with Vancouver as potential will be nice".
"I don't think today's events have any impact on Quebec City", said deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "But we've got homework to do". "Obviously we have to get the arena in place".
Though Seattle has never had an NHL team, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association's Seattle Metropolitans were the first USA -based team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. "We want to work together, so we're thinking about it".
"We like (the team) where it is", said Dundon, 46, who has to sign a standard consent agreement that bars him from moving the team for at least seven years.
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