Well, as of now, there is a very good chance that the NHL will expand to Seattle next season.
It is no definite, but with the success of the Vegas expansion and the fact that it only took 12 minutes for the Seattle backers (Oak View Group) to reach their goal of 10,000 deposits for season ticket holders and are now at over 25,000 deposits, it appears to be a favorable possibility.
To put this into perspective, it took Vegas 2 days to reach 5,000 deposits for season tickets.
With this, Seattle has certainly spoken their interest for a hockey team.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has already stated that the expansion draft for Seattle would be conducted the same way as the Vegas expansion draft was.
The guidelines for the Vegas expansion draft were as follows:
All teams’ first and second year players were exempt.
Players with no movement clauses had to be waived.
Each team could choose from two options for a protection list; seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie, or, eight skates, and a goalie.
Then, Vegas was able to choose one player not protected from each organization to build their roster.
This has appeared to work out well as Vegas is currently one of the top three teams in the NHL standings.
If Seattle goes through with the expansion process the NHL would have 32 teams in the league; a nice number of franchises to have in a professional sports league.
With the Central Division already having one fewer team than the Pacific Division (logically the division Seattle would play in), it would be assumed that a team from the current Pacific Division would have to be moved to the Central Division.
This would allow all divisions in the NHL to have 8 teams.
However, with the success of Vegas in their inaugural season, would it be fair to place two expansions teams in the same division?
This is just one of many things to be considered as the expansion process for Seattle continues.
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