NBA Not Returning To Seattle Despite NHL Expansion

Jerry Bruckheimer left and David Bonderman center and Tod Leiweke announce their NHL Seattle ownership group in April

Jerry Bruckheimer left and David Bonderman center and Tod Leiweke announce their NHL Seattle ownership group in April

Clayton Keller will have to wait two more seasons to make a firm assessment, but the Arizona Coyotes center said Tuesday he's looking forward to the Coyotes moving to the Central Division in 2021-22, when the Seattle expansion team plays its first season in the National Hockey League. 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.

Seattle will play in downtown at what was KeyArena, which is being redeveloped for a privately financed $700 million arena under a plan approved by the city earlier this year. The Seattle team will play in the Pacific Division, and the Coyotes will move to the Central Division. The new franchise will participate in an expansion draft in 2021 when they will look to assemble a competitive roster ahead of their inaugural season.

The cost for league entry went up 30 percent for Seattle to $650 million, as compared to the $500 million paid by the Vegas Golden Knights to enter the NHL last season.

Derek Grant is a native of Abbottsford, B.C., which is about a one-hour drive east of Vancouver and a two-hour drive north of Seattle.

The news means that Seattle will have a representative in three of the four USA major leagues, with the Seattle NHL outfit set to join the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) and the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB), along with the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer (MLS). A hockey franchise would provide those newcomers a team to rally around, much like what happened when the Sounders of Major League Soccer arrived in 2009 - the last team added to the city's sport landscape.

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"We have momentum, and this is a business of recruitment", Leiweke said. While that particular development has been in the works for a long while, the obvious parallel from an National Basketball Association standpoint would be the potential for an organization heading back to Seattle in tandem for the first time since the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City. That's when we all knew that this was the right idea.

This means that should those guys still be Chicago Blackhawks during the 2021 season, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith will all have to be protected leaving only five forward spots and one defensive spot left open. "Seattle is one of my favorite cities and it's a pleasure to be here". In March, the Oak View Group tested this by setting out a goal of offering deposits for 10,000 season tickets-a goal that was reached in 12 minutes, the Seattle Times reports.

"I was always optimistic but I didn't think it was ever a guarantee. If it were someplace else, I wouldn't have done it". More than 100 years later, they'll have that chance again.

Tippett has a hand in all those projects and is also working to settle Seattle's American Hockey League affiliate.

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