Expansion - Hockey Wiretap

Seattle Begins Work On New Arena

Dec 6, 2018 2:55 AM

Wednesday's celebration outside the building that Seattle's new NHL team will eventually call home came with all the formality of a groundbreaking event, complete with the principals taking turns giving remarks and ceremonially shoveling dirt.

It also came with a new price tag even higher than what was stated a day earlier when Seattle was awarded the NHL's 32nd franchise.

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Seattle Gets NHL Expansion Team

Dec 6, 2018 2:45 AM

The NHL will add a franchise in Seattle, the league announced Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the board of governors.

The NHL's 32nd franchise will enter the league for the 2021-22 season as a member of the Pacific Division. That will trigger a realignment that will send the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division.

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NHL To Deal With Uncertain Situations At Winter Meetings

Dec 4, 2018 2:22 AM

Things are going well enough that the NHL is ready to expand to Seattle and the salary cap keeps going up.

But the league is still dealing with a few uncertain situations on the eve of what should be a slam-dunk expansion vote to bring Seattle into the fold.

The Ottawa Senators' downtown-arena project is in danger of falling apart, and Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway is looking for a partner as he tries to secure a long-term home in the desert. Meanwhile, the league would like to begin making plans for a 2020 World Cup of Hockey but has no guarantee of labor peace that would allow such a tournament to take place.

 

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Seattle Ownership Group Unveils Plan For Training Facility

Oct 9, 2018 3:03 PM

The ownership group looking to bring an expansion NHL team to Seattle unveiled plans Monday for a $70 million training facility in the northern part of the city.

NHL Seattle CEO Tod Lewieke announced the plans, which include three full-sized rinks and office space to serve as the headquarters for the proposed new franchise. The facility will have 180,000 square feet total and be located near Seattle's Northgate Mall, which is being redeveloped. The location is a short walk from a new light-rail station set to open in a few years and has easy access to Interstate 5.

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NHL Moving Forward With Seattle's Expansion Plan

Oct 3, 2018 3:15 PM

The NHL is moving forward with plans to expand to Seattle.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday the board of governors' executive committee recommended proceeding with Seattle's expansion application, with an eye on voting to approve the league's 32nd franchise in December. The recommendation came a few hours after key stakeholders presented their case to the committee.

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Seattle City Council Approves Renovation Of Key Arena

Sep 25, 2018 2:53 PM

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena on Monday, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city's bid to land an expansion NHL franchise.

The 8-0 vote was the final step needed to strengthen Seattle's expansion application, and it means a team could be playing in the building during the 2020-21 season.

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NHL Won't Vote On Seattle Expansion Until December At The Earliest

Sep 10, 2018 6:20 PM

December is the earliest the NHL board of governors will vote on potential expansion to Seattle, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday.

Daly also called it "doubtful" any formal vote will happen on a Seattle franchise between meetings in October and December. Seattle Hockey Partners, the group looking to bring the NHL to the Pacific Northwest, will make a presentation to board's executive committee on Oct. 2. No vote will take place that day.

"We would have the vote in person," Daly said, referring to the annual December meeting that will take place in Florida.

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Seattle Group Hires Dave Tippett As Senior Adviser

Jun 18, 2018 12:35 PM

The group hoping to bring the NHL to Seattle has hired Dave Tippett as a senior adviser.

Tippett, 56, has coached more than 1,000 NHL games with the Dallas Stars and then Arizona Coyotes. He left the Coyotes last summer after eight seasons; the team called it a "mutual agreement" to part ways.

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NHL Expansion Draft Rules Unlikely To Change

May 29, 2018 6:56 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he has gotten "no pushback whatsoever" from owners regarding if the league should give a prospective Seattle franchise the same expansion draft rules that the Vegas Golden Knights received.

"I think clubs have learned a lot," Bettman said at a news conference before the Stanley Cup Final began in Las Vegas, where the Golden Knights hope to become the first expansion team in the NHL, MLB, NBA or NFL to win a championship in its inaugural season since the 1950 Cleveland Browns. "We needed to make the team more competitive. ... This was the first expansion in the salary-cap era. As we afford all of our clubs an opportunity to be competitive, it wouldn't make any sense to not have the expansion team the same way."

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Tod Leiweke Will Be CEO, President Of Seattle Hockey

Apr 12, 2018 2:33 AM

Tod Leiweke will be the CEO and president of Seattle Hockey, the group that has been authorized to redevelop KeyArena and bring an NHL team to the city.

Leiweke was formerly COO of the NFL before leaving the job in March. He worked at the NFL for three years. Before that, Leiweke was the CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It's kind of fun to start from scratch because you can build a culture the way you would want a culture to be built with likeminded people who want to serve, who love the game of hockey. In this, it is a grand opportunity,'' Leiweke said at his introduction Wednesday.

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Seattle Officially Applies For NHL Franchise
The goal is for Seattle to enter the NHL for the 2020-21 season.

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Senators Owner Says Team 'Could Look Good Somewhere Else'
Cities like Seattle, Houston, and Quebec City are all seeking to land an NHL franchise.

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NHL Invites Seattle To Apply For Expansion Team
The NHL's price for Seattle's expansion bid is $650 million.

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Seattle's Chance For NHL Team Improves
The Seattle City Council has approved a memo of understanding for the $660M, privately financed redevelopment of KeyArena.

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Fleury, Neal, Methot Give Vegas Golden Knights Solid Start
The Vegas Golden Knights have unveiled what their roster may look like in 2017-2018.

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GM McPhee: Vegas Making Moves Before Expansion Draft
George McPhee says the Golden Knights have made "at least" a half a dozen transactions before the upcoming Expansion Draft.

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Fleury, Neal, Vatanen Among Players Made Available To Vegas
Golden Knights GM George McPhee will select one player from each of the NHL's 30 teams.

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Coyotes Acquire Nick Cousins From Flyers For 2018 Pick
The Flyers receive a 2018 fifth-round draft pick and the rights to prospect Brendan Warren, and also sending Merrick Madsen to the Coyotes.

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Lightning Trade Jonathan Drouin To Habs For Mikhail Sergachev
The Lightning and the Canadiens announced the deal about 48 hours before the NHL's trade freeze prior to the expansion draft.

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Senators Ask Dion Phaneuf To Waive No-Movement Clause
The Senators will no doubt protect Erik Karlsson in the June 21 expansion draft.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Waives No-Movement Clause
The Penguins can now protect goalie Matt Murray for the upcoming NHL expansion draft.

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Vegas Golden Knights Open To Deals Before Expansion Draft
Golden Nights are open to acquiring draft picks to begin stockpiling for roster depth.

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Bettman: Hurricanes 'Not Moving'
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is committed to keeping the team in Raleigh.

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Canadiens Sign Montoya To Extension
By signing backup goalie Al Montoya the Canadiens now have a player they can expose in the June expansion draft.

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Vegas Owner Defends Use Of 'Golden Knights'
Bill Foley says the naming of his team does not cross any lines with the U.S. Army.

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Las Vegas Expansion Team Named 'Vegas Golden Knights'
The Vegas Golden Knights will play in the T-Mobile Arena, just off the Las Vegas Strip.

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QB Russell Wilson Joins Seattle Investment Group
An investment group led by Chris Hansen is working on building an NBA/NHL arena in Seattle's SODO neighborhood.

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Las Vegas Team Will Unveil Name, Logo On November 22
Team owner Bill Foley has said the NHL expansion team would be called "something Knights."

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New Las Vegas Team Having Trademark Issues
Las Vegas franchise owner Bill Foley has expressed an affinity for the name "Black Knights."

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George McPhee To Be Named First GM For Las Vegas Franchise
The Las Vegas team was awarded the NHL's 31st franchise in June.

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