It certainly sounds that the National Hockey League will be bringing a 32nd franchise to Seattle, Washington in the very near future.
In fact, respected insider Bob McKenzie spoke about this topic at length during the first intermission of NBC Sports Network’s broadcast of Wednesday’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals.
Now that the Seattle city council has approved a project to renovate the Key Arena, Gary Bettman cannot wait to bring in an NHL franchise.
According to McKenzie, the league has wanted to expand to the Pacific Northwest of the United States for a long time. When the most recent expansion process first began, Seattle was favored ahead of Las Vegas, but they were awarded a team because they had an arena.
Now that Seattle will soon have a hockey ready arena, it sounds like they will have a team sooner rather than later. McKenzie says the new Seattle team could start playing as soon as the 2020-21 season. That just happens to be the first season to fall under the next collective bargaining agreement, if that gets signed on schedule.
You can hear all of his comments in the video below.