Bettman says NHL will consider Seattle expansion bid


Previously, the city of Las Vegas paid $500 million for the Golden Knights expansion team that took the ice for the first time this season.

National Hockey League commissioner, Gary Bettman, said that Seattle can submit to receive an National Hockey League franchise, as reported by multiple sources.

A Seattle ownership group has been authorized to file an application for an NHL expansion team, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday.

Seattle could become an option for 2020-21, though there are no guarantees the league expands there, Bettman said at the board of governors meeting.

The news follows this weeks Seattle City Council vote to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Oak View Group, which plans to renovate KeyArena, the former home of the NBA's SuperSonics in the city's Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. "This is a process that we go through".

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That decision directly influenced Bettman's decision to allow an expansion team in Seattle. She hopes to meet with potential owner David Bonderman soon. "But I think there is a lot of pent up appetite in Seattle for this", Durkan said. "Because we're not anticipating anybody moving right now".

NHL has agreed to accept and consider an expansion application for Seattle, the league announced Thursday.

The move marks the latest step toward the end of Karmanos' lengthy attempt to sell the team he moved from Hartford, Connecticut, to North Carolina two decades ago.

Dundon is the 46-year-old former CEO of Santander Consumer USA, a Dallas-based lending firm.