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NHL votes to give expansion franchise to Seattle

Barr was among fans watching Tuesday morning as Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion franchise following a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors in Sea Island, Georgia, ending a lengthy dance between the league and the city that will finally see professional hockey return to the city. The rules for the latest expansion draft, including how many players teams will be allowed to protect, will be announced at a later date.

The thing is, patience will be key as the National Hockey League has set 2021-22 as the start date for the franchise.

"(That's) a few bits of change which aren't around anymore", Bonderman said of the spending. "He's one of those guys who you think will keep getting better and better every single day".

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 remarkable debut by Vegas in 2017, which included a run to the Stanley Cup Final, gave the league more confidence about moving forward so quickly. "There's a group of owners involved, Jay Deutsch and Jerry Bruckheimer, but we're going to listen to our fans and we're going to do it right". "We're here to win. We want to launch this right". "So we're going to look at these timelines and how it can be put to our advantage". A hockey franchise would provide those newcomers a team to rally around, much like what happened when the Sounders of Major League Soccer arrived in 2009 - the last team added to the city's sport landscape.

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Tippett will likely hire some scouts this summer and move forward on the GM search.

It's been a long time coming, but Vancouver and Seattle will be National Hockey League rivals.

The Red Wings and other clubs got $17.2 million each from Las Vegas' expansion fee. Even if the Seattle SuperSonics aren't in town, that doesn't mean the colors can't be.

The move will see the Coyotes moved away from their geographical rivals, with the Vegas Golden Knights, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks being the three closest teams now. Nobody expected that from them. "You actually can get some good players because of the rules".

First, there are real bricks.

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The NHL Seattle group had hoped Key Arena would be ready for the 2020-21 season, but the NHL expressed concerns about that.

The belief at the moment is that the arena will be ready to open for concerts and the WNBA Storm in the spring of 2021, starting the revenue stream that must pay off construction debt over the 39-year length of the lease.

And he and the ownership group will, at some point, go on a hiring spree to try to replicate Vegas' success.

"I've been at this eight years so it's going to be another two years for 2020, another one for 2021, I can do it", Barr said. "We now really feel confident that we'll be able to recruit a top-flight staff".

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. "But I did a pretty close study on (Vegas) and they did a heck of a job, you've got to give them credit and there's certainly things we can learn from that", he said.

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