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NHL Board of Governors to vote on Seattle expansion

05 December, 2018, 05:29 | Author: Delia Walker
  • NHL votes to give expansion franchise to Seattle

The city of Seattle has been awarded an NHL expansion team, the league announced Tuesday.

It's more about when than if, given the success of the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion and the $650 million the new owners will pay to join.

The to-be-named Seattle team will reside in the Pacific when it begins play in 2021, while the Coyotes will shift to the Central Division.

The Expansion Draft for the new team will be held in June 2021 and will not include the Vegas Golden Knights (in other words, they will not be forced to lose a player in the draft), the draft will be held with the same rules as the league used for the Vegas draft in 2017 so... The other 30 teams will only be able to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie, or eight total skaters, regardless of position, plus one goalie. "We're focused right now about this season, and when the time comes I'm sure we'll have a rivalry with each and every team [because we'll] play them so much".

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Whatever role Tippett takes, the Seattle team has a long way to go before taking the ice in 2021.

A team in Seattle balances the Eastern and Western Conferences at 16 teams apiece, but also requires realignment to even out the Central and Pacific Divisions. So that will make the NHL Seattle team's division foes the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Las Vegas Golden Knights, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, and the natural rival Vancouver Canucks.

The Arizona Coyotes are believed to be moving to the Central Division.

Perhaps the biggest day between now and the first game will be the expansion draft, where the Seattle team will build its team by picking one player each from 30 National Hockey League teams.

Western Conference Finals Stanley Cup Finals (such an unprecedented accomplishment for an expansion team that my memory of how far the Knights' run went was initially incorrect because it still seems like insane talk).

Washington Capitals star T.J. Oshie was raised in Everett, Wash., just north of Seattle, and he didn't hesitate when asked what he would name the team.

The Seattle franchise had already secured deposits from 25,000 would-be season ticketholders as of last March, ESPN reported.

WATCH BELOW: Seattle Hockey Partners video on KeyArena renovations. Detroit-born movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, 75, is part of the ownership group. In his current role, he's been helping the team with hockey decisions like dressing room design and the construction of a new practice facility. Obviously, Seattle's a great city.



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