NHL approves expansion to Seattle as league's 32nd franchise

Hope Soto
December 5, 2018

The group reportedly filed for trademarks on a whole slew of potential nicknames in January, but rumors on Tuesday focused on an old name: Metropolitans, the same name of an old Seattle team that in 1917 became the first American squad to win the Stanley Cup (10 years before the championship trophy was exclusively awarded to the National Hockey League champion). NHL Seattle CEO and president Tod Leiweke told 710 ESPN Seattle's Danny, Dave and Moore in October that the name (and presumably colors, logos and merchandise) will probably be unveiled in the spring. Preliminary work has been underway on the arena since an agreement between Oak View Group and the city of Seattle was finalized in late September, but the heavy work can now get started. But, as news of the expansion team spread across social media, Twitter users had way more exciting and funnier names for the NHL's newest franchise.

The 2021-22 season. Seattle would have loved to have its team take the ice for the 2020-21 season, but arena renovations may not be done in time and no one wants to risk it.

All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).

The Seattle Metropolitans? So, we'd have the Seattle Metropolitans and the New York Metropolitans?

They may still hire a general manager as soon as this coming spring, which would give the successful candidate two seasons to prepare for a June 2021 expansion draft.

"On top of everything else, Seattle is a city with a hockey history, that includes being the home for the first American team ever to win the Stanley Cup", Bettman said.

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One question for the future will be how the Seattle ownership group keeps momentum and interest moving forward, especially with the start date for the team pushed back a year.

The Vegas Golden Knights paid $500 million when they joined the league in 2016. The Arizona Coyotes will move to the Western Conference's Central Division that season. "Not only will the building be on time, but we're going to be really sharp on the hockey side of things as well". The board is also expected to be briefed on collective bargaining talks and the tentative settlement of a concussion lawsuit involving retired players. It creates a nice geographic rivalry with Vancouver.

The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City's first major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left town in 2008.

With the expansion, the $800 million Seattle Arena expansion project will break ground on Wednesday.

"And what's the name of the team?" And how can a world-class city like Seattle not have a world-class arena?

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