The next domino in the attempt to bring the NHL to Seattle has fallen.
The league has reportedly accepted and agreed to consider an expansion proposal made by the city, according to multiple reports.
After the news that the Seattle City Council had approved the renovation plan to KeyArena, Seattle immediately became the hottest free agent of all the cities on the market. Roughly $600 million has been allocated to help attempt bring the professional sports scene in the city back, with the possibility of regaining an NBA franchise having been no secret as to their desires.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will allow Seattle to have a ticket drive in order to see if interest in the team could be generated. The commissioner also noted that Seattle would be on the hook for a $650 million expansion fee should it be accepted as the 32nd team.
What Bettman is asking of Seattle isn’t all that different of the Vegas Golden Knights, who are currently in their inaugural season and are in second place in the Pacific Division. Vegas has not only added hockey, but has an agreement in place with the Oakland Raiders to eventual move to Nevada for a second professional franchise.
How a Seattle NHL franchise would work in terms of conference allocation or expansion draft players or even a team name has not yet been brought to the table, but the fact that Seattle has reached this point gives the city a step in the right direction of gaining a team.