How will the NHL's expansion to Seattle affect the Flyers?

07 December, 2018, 10:17 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Seattle already enjoys huge support for the NFL's Seahawks on both sides of the border

As has been expected for quite a while now, the league unanimously approved expansion to 32 teams on Tuesday morning and awarded the newest franchise to the city of Seattle.

Seattle will benefit from the same expansion draft rules Vegas had.

But with the NHL Seattle group's proposal and the city's backing for a $750 million renovation of Key Arena, Seattle was nearly guaranteed a green light.

Club President and CEO Ahron Cohen made a statement, published to the team's official Twitter account, suggesting that the team is willing to work alongside the league to accommodate Seattle's entry into the league and ensure that the Coyotes' move into the Central is done so smoothly.

That's where the longtime coach-turned-senior adviser keeps a running list of players around the league who might be available in an expansion draft that is still 2½ years off.

"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, handsome and fastest-growing cities", NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

The franchise will have to pay a whopping $650 million expansion fee to join the league, or $150 more than what the Vegas Golden Knights paid.

The Seattle Metropolitans, which played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association league from 1915 to 1924, were the first American team to win the Stanley Cup, lifting the title in 1917.

On a Whitecaps game night, Seattle Sounders fans are usually quite visible, but due to the Canuck's geographic isolation from other National Hockey League teams, it's rare to see larger groups of visiting fans. "We're going to have hockey for my kids and their kids".

KeyArena, which was home to the NBA's SuperSonics before they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, is primed to undergo a massive $800-million renovation, up from the previously stated $700 million.

When Canadians think of Seattle, much of what we know comes from media and entertainment. Obviously, Seattle's a great city.

Translation: If Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin, Ian Mitchell or anyone else makes their National Hockey League debut ( 9+ National Hockey League games) any time not this season, they will be automatically safe without having to be one of those players listed as "protected".

Starting with the 2021-22 season, the Seattle franchise will play as part of the Western Conference in the Pacific Division.

Judging on early graphics created by the NHL Seattle group, it appears that the new team will use red and black as its colors. "If it were someplace else, I wouldn't have done it". Leiweke expects the 17,000-seat downtown arena to open in March or April 2021 and host the expansion draft. "That's why today happened".

"I was always optimistic but I didn't think it was ever a guarantee". Houston, Quebec City and Toronto have all been touted as possible new homes someday, but they'll also have to wait.

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