Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

How NHL expansion will affect the New York Rangers

How NHL expansion will affect the New York Rangers

"Is there a better hockey morning than this morning in Seattle?" said Mayor Jenny Durkan, who took a little of the suspense out of Bettman's announcement by revealing the outcome of the vote about 10 minutes early.

The NHL awarded Seattle with a franchise on Tuesday and while the team isn't going to begin play until the 2021-22 season, management is already confident it can ice a competitive team from the start. I'm interested to see how this expansion goes and the rules for the draft.

But with the NHL Seattle group's proposal and the city's backing for a $750 million renovation of Key Arena, Seattle was nearly guaranteed a green light. The Arizona Coyotes will move to the Western Conference's Central Division when Seattle joins the league.

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.


Seattle's expansion fee is $150 million more than what the Vegas Golden Knights paid when they joined the National Hockey League in 2016. In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup (back then, the victor of the PCHA played the victor of the NHL for the cup).

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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. Some GMs have said privately they would be more inclined this time to lose one desirable player rather than give up multiple assets to save one.

KeyArena, which was home to the NBA's SuperSonics before they moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, is primed to undergo a massive $800-million renovation, up from the previously stated $700 million.


Already more than 30,000 people have made season ticket deposits. Leiweke expects the 17,000-seat downtown arena to open in March or April 2021 and host the expansion draft. The new expansion team, now without a name, is scheduled to begin play in the 2021-2022 season as a member of the Pacific Division. "If it were someplace else, I wouldn't have done it". Today is a great day for the fans and we owe them so much.

According to Station Index, Seattle is the U.S.' 14th largest TV market, and it's the largest city without a winter sport. "That's why today happened". "I actually think it was at the end of the day the simplest, most logical, least disruptive option we had available to us and I think it will work well for the Coyotes".

And unlike Quebec City, its location in the northwest of the United States allows the NHL to add balance to a league that is Eastern Conference heavy, while also providing a natural rival for the Vancouver Canucks.


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