Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen has remained open to the idea of a hockey team being the first tenant for a proposed facility in the city's stadium district even if his focus is on basketball.
Even with indications that Seattle could be a viable expansion market for the NHL, no one has come to Hansen's group with a proposal for a hockey franchise to be the initial occupant.
''We've had a lot of informal discussions with people about this, but us or the city have yet to be presented with any kind of offer. I mean any kind of even basic offer that would be the opening point for negotiating something,'' Hansen said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.
''I just want to make that clear. No one has come forward and made an offer to do this in a way that would be unacceptable or acceptable. There hasn't been any negotiation around the terms of how this could be changed. We've taken a very simple approach: Don't make it worse for us and don't make it worse for the city and use your own creativity and just come back to us with something that is fair and we don't have anything back yet.''
The lack of formal discussions around a potential hockey franchise was surprising, considering his original memorandum of understanding with the city of Seattle and King County was approved more than two years ago and immediate NBA prospects have dimmed.