Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

National Hockey League to accept expansion application from Seattle

National Hockey League to accept expansion application from Seattle

Bettman says he doesn't know where this leaves Quebec City other than to say right now they're only looking at Seattle for possible expansion.

"A Seattle ownership group has been authorized to file an application for an NHL expansion team, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday", the league announced.

Kaplan also reported National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman set a $650 million price for the expansion, compared to the $500 million price that was set for the Las Vegas Knights.

Thursday's board of governors meeting also saw Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon sign an agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr. The Vegas Golden Knights began operations this season and are in the playoff chase. "We have agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application and to let them run in the next few months a season-ticket drive". Las Vegas' cost $500 million.

As first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, Seattle is allowed to host a season-ticket drive to gauge interest, but it is not a guarantee that a team will come to fruition.

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A Seattle team would be the league's 32nd franchise.

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".

The NHL was specific in pointing out that Seattle is likely an expansion team, not a relocation like some had speculated.

"That doesn't mean we have granted an expansion team", Bettman said.

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