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."