NHL opens expansion process for Seattle

From today's board of governors meeting.

Expansion fee 650 million. 30% more than Vegas paid a couple of years ago.

Will start a season ticket drive early next year.

Only city invited to apply. No Houston or Quebec City, with the later having an active application already.

Why would Seattle pay that much? Why not invite QC. I hate Gary Bettman.

I think Bettman and the NHL prefer the colour of American money over Canadian money though. :wink:

Sad but true.

Very interesting! I'd always wondered whether or not Seattle would eventually be on the NHL's expansion radar. It will be interesting to see if there is enough support.

....and the Count (Bettman) dumps on Quebec City and Canada again!

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Expansion in its true sense. I'd do the same. I think it's pretty clear that Canada is preferred as a place for relocation. Consider the WHA, and Atlanta's moves. Ottawa is the only expansion team that the country knows. Which is the greater expense between expansion or relocation? Quebec City hockey fans can argue that this is a blessing in disguise.

If anything, the NHL needs to contract. As it stands now, they could contract by at least 7 teams, at most 15. Most teams play a defensive style, and it makes for boring TV.

But it's safer to play that way especially if your team isn't blessed with many pure goal scorers.

Offense gets the glory, defense wins championships.

Seattle will get an expansion team and the Coyotes will likely move to Houston at the end of this season. It will be a while before Quebec City (or any other city) will get a shot at a team. Quebec City's best shot might be the Ottawa Senators if they cannot get a new arena, and more importantly, find a way to rekindle fan interest.

I think that arena will get built in Ottawa personally speaking. But who knows.

Good for them ... Hope they get it

Would be a shame if the Senators relocated to the US, no offence Americans, but hey, pro sports is mainly and mostly about money so money will rule the roost in the end and new arenas and stadiums are a huge part of this equation.

What do you mean...that would be awesome

Regarding the Sens. Per the 6th Sens Twitter account this past week

Bob McKenzie's touched on Senators ownership in one of his most recent pieces. Two things are interesting to me: 1) he notes that there are interested parties in buying the team; and 2) Melnyk may not want to sell, but may be forced to.

These 2 parties are the Dehmaries family who was the runner up group is the LeBreton RPF and a group lead by Circe de Soleil founger Guy Laliberte.

The strong rumour is once LeBreton is finalized, Melnyk will sell shortly as the value will skyrocket. Some are even suggesting he sells sooner as his personal finances have handcuffed this team for years and it's taken a toll on the fanbase hence the big attendance drop the past two years.

Overall, there's next to zero chance they move.

Melnyk is loaded to the kilts I thought though?

He's had a messy divorce a few years ago, some his companies haven't done as well.

Still single owners are getting pretty rare especially in smaller markets these days. Even for a big market like Seattle billionaire Boderman is still partnering up with Bruckmeiner. I believe the Oak View Group will have a small stake in the Seattle franchise.

Didn't know that.

Fans hate Bettman, and yet they continue to follow his every move and attend the games and buy the merchandise and watch as many games as they can. And beg for him to grant their city a franchise if one does not yet exist there. Not exactly hateful behaviour I would say.

Owners love Bettman because he makes them millions while taking the heat as the bad guy. Bettman has been very good for the business we call the NHL.

It’s juvenile how we think our stance of ‘I hate the guy’ makes any sense whatsoever.