Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Seattle’s pursuit of having an NHL team gets the spotlight again after real estate mogul Victor Coleman and Seattle-based Chris Hansen engaged in talks of having a team in the city.
The last NHL expansion happened in 2000 when Columbus and Minnesota joined the league.
Coleman and Hansen were reported to have signed a “non-binding” agreement and were actively discussing the plan for the past few weeks.
Although there are hindrances that are preventing them from closing in to an expansion.
One of them is that the city of Seattle is not looking to construct a new arena/stadium in the near future, unlike what Quebec City and Los Angeles are doing for their pursuit.
Quebec City and Los Angeles are already doing the process and will have new rinks in two years.
Meanwhile, Coleman and co-investor Jonathan Glaser met with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine separately last May.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly were also present on the said meetings, but no agreement was reached.
Even if there was no deal made, Coleman believes he made progress, according to USA Today.
He added, “We have a clear path.”
Hansen on the other hand had failed attempts trying to bring a number of NBA teams in Seattle.
Once the plan pushes through, a Seattle franchise would help balance the teams in the NHL.
It will also help ease the travel load for teams in the West Coast and a rivalry against the Vancouver Canucks is already envisioned.