NHL set to vote on Seattle expansion for 2021-22 season

NHL set to vote on Seattle expansion for 2021-22 season

NHL set to vote on Seattle expansion for 2021-22 season

Bettman and company have not only made a lot of friends on the west coast with an NHL team bound for Seattle, but he has no doubt strengthened his relationship with the league's board of governors.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center left, holds a jersey after the NHL Board of Governors announced Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sea Island Ga.

The NHL is going to follow the same expansion draft rules that allowed the Golden Knights to put together a contending team.

Most of that delay is due to the ambitious job of turning the NBA-first Key Arena into a reimagined Seattle Center Arena, an $800-million project that is expected to take about two years.

The Board of Governors also approved a realignment plan that will shift the Coyotes from the Pacific Division to the Central, joining the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets, giving the National Hockey League four divisions with eight teams each; the Central now currently has seven teams.

We took a look at a potential 2020 expansion draft for the Devils over the summer, but the Totems/Sasquatch/Teen Spirits/TBD will not begin playing until the 2021-22 season.

J.F. Berube is selected by the Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The NHL is coming to Seattle.

The news means that Seattle will have a representative in three of the four U.S. 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).

Speer said he's optimistic the new Seattle team will be well supported, pointing to the success of a ticket drive held ahead of the National Hockey League awarding the city the new franchise. The team moved to Seattle in 1977 but has played its games in Kent since 2009.

"They've always felt that we should have a little more time to build the arena right", Bruckheimer said.

"Certainly we're going to be able to lay eyes on players for an additional season", said Leiweke, who's only hockey hire to date is adding former NHL coach Dave Tippett as a senior advisor.

"I love Seattle", said Bonderman, who has deep ties to the city. "If it was someplace else, I wouldn't have done it".

What do you think Coyotes fans? Leiweke expects the 17,000-seat downtown arena to open in March or April 2021 and host the expansion draft. Today is a great day for the fans and we owe them so much. The amount of wealth now in the Seattle market is part of the reason Tim Leiweke, Tod's older brother and the CEO of event facilities giant Oak View Group, has regularly calls the city one of the most enticing expansion opportunities in pro sports history.

It will also pick up on a hockey history in the city.

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