The NHL Board of Governors is expected to approve expansion to Seattle, with the league's 32nd team beginning play in the 2021-22 season.
That's Detroit's share of the $650 million expansion fee that Texas private equity billionaire David Bonderman, 76, will pay to own the NHL's 32nd franchise. "There's an bad lot going on between Boeing and the whole computer industry and all the rest of that stuff", NHL Players' Association executive director Don Fehr said.
A date has not yet been set for a hockey expansion draft for Seattle to populate its first roster, but the NHL did say it will follow the same rules and format that were in place for Las Vegas' expansion draft in 2017. The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City's first major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left town in 2008. Seattle will be placed in the same division with Vancouver, the closest team by geography, so that means Arizona will be moved out of the Pacific and into Central starting with the 2021 season.
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Judging on early graphics created by the NHL Seattle group, it appears that the new team will use red and black as its colors.
A team in Seattle balances the Eastern and Western Conferences at 16 teams apiece, but also requires realignment to even out the Central and Pacific Divisions.
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Seattle is already an important market for attracting tourists to Vancouver, Speer said, adding the new team just adds one more reason for people to visit.
The biggest concern for Coyotes fans will be the relative strength of the Central compared to the current Pacific Division.
The Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup final in their first campaign, losing 4-1 to the Washington Capitals in the best-of-seven series.
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The Seattle group already has paid a $10 million deposit to the league, along with its official application. "We needed to make the team more competitive". "There's a group of owners involved, Jay Deutsch and Jerry Bruckheimer, but we're going to listen to our fans and we're going to do it right". Next steps will include moving forward on arena and practice facility plans and piecing together a hockey operations department that Tippett will likely be in charge of. Believe it or not, there are no permanent public ice rinks inside the Seattle city limits, but that will change with the training center, which will feature a grand total of three rinks.