"All of our teams now that own 1/30th of the global prospects of the league, if you expanded by two teams then [they would] own 1/32nd of the global prospects of this league".
The NHL announced Seattle will get a team in 2021. According to Bettman, Seattle will be afforded the same advantages that Vegas had in being able to draft quality players from other teams, with one minor wrinkle: the Golden Knights, who are in their second season, won't be losing anyone.
There have been several attempts at solving Seattle's arena issues and landing either an National Hockey League or NBA team in the years since the Sonics left, but none had the support of the city or the private money attached until now.
Seattle will draft one player from every team's roster except for Las Vegas.
Seattle's ownership group led by billionaire David Bonderman and a number of minority partners, including Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, will pay an expansion fee of US$650 million.
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The official grant of the franchise Tuesday puts largely to rest about a century of caterwauling, finagling, duplicitousness, mendacity, grandstanding, errors of fact and fiction, temporary successes and abject failures regarding major league hockey - and major league basketball - and Seattle. Some GMs have said privately they would be more inclined this time to lose one desirable player rather than give up multiple assets to save one.
When Canadians think of Seattle, much of what we know comes from media and entertainment. I really like the usage of the Seattle Seahawks colors here. The league's most recent addition gives the NHL an even 16 franchises in the Eastern and Western conferences and will provide the Vancouver Canucks a natural geographic rival. "If it were someplace else, I wouldn't have done it".
More than 30,000 fans have already paid a deposit on season tickets. KeyArena is scheduled to open in March 2021. That desire only grew after the ownership group secured the rights to build a new downtown arena previous year and then sold deposits for 32,000 season tickets in a single day last March. The amount of wealth now in the Seattle market is part of the reason Tim Leiweke, Tod's older brother and the CEO of event facilities giant Oak View Group, has regularly calls the city one of the most enticing expansion opportunities in pro sports history. More than 100 years later, they'll have that chance again.
As a result, I think this makes the core's contract situation even tougher for the Chicago Blackhawks management to work with. "That's why today happened".
Tippett has a hand in all those projects and is also working to settle Seattle's American Hockey League affiliate.