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.