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.