National Hockey League says Seattle can apply for franchise, start season-ticket drive

NHL to accept $650 million Seattle expansion application

NHL to accept $650 million Seattle expansion application

The NHL Board of Governors has agreed to accept an expansion application from Seattle, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Thursday.

Kaplan also reported National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman set a $650 million price for the expansion, compared to the $500 million price that was set for the Las Vegas Knights. He made the announcement Thursday after the first day of the board of governors meeting. "This is a process that we go through".

Las Vegas had conducted a season-ticket drive in its bid to land an NHL team, and the league eventually approved the application.

Bill Foley paid a $500 million expansion fee for the Vegas Golden Knights, who began play this season. That decision directly influenced Bettman's decision to allow an expansion team in Seattle. That means a team likely wont be playing in Quebec Citys 18,259-seat Videotron Centre in the foreseeable future.

Seattle lost the NBA SuperSonics to Oklahoma City following the 2007-08 season.

The NHL is focused on evening out the conferences to 16 teams each before expanding more teams in the East. He had purchased the then-Hartford Whalers in 1994 and moved them to North Carolina in 1997.

The current closest National Hockey League team to Seattle is the Vancouver Canucks, a team that isn't even in the country.

Game highlights: Matt Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting the host Penguins over the Islanders 4-3. It was Backes third game back after he missed 12 straight following surgery to remove part of his colon to help treat his diverticulitis, a disease characterized by inflammation in the intestinal tract.

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.

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