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Seattle Mayor McGinn: ‘We believe we can support the NHL in Key Arena’

Jun 16, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

There’s been another new development in the possibility of the National Hockey League coming to Seattle.

Chris Daniels of King 5 TV and in Seattle has reported that the city’s mayor, Mike McGinn, has acknowledged recent discussions with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

“We believe we can support the NHL in Key Arena,” said McGinn, as per Daniels.

The fate of this bid to bring the NHL to Seattle could be decided by early next month.

Glenn Healy reported on CBC’s Hot Stove panel during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday that should Renaissance Sports & Entertainment be unable to close a deal with the City of Glendale by July 2, the Coyotes would be sold Ray Bartoszek and Anthony Lanza for $220 million and they would move the team to Seattle.

A move to Seattle would provide an instant geographical rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks.

  1. bensawesomeness - Jun 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Nothing against Phoenix, and i honestly am all for doing everything in the League’s power to keep franchises where they are, but Seattle makes so much sense, it’s almost ridiculous not to get this done

    Natural rivals with Vancouver, a major city that’s got an NHL-ready arena, along with a fan base that’s apparently excited to have a team. Not to mention it’d stay in the same division

    Plus, you gotta figure after losing their NBA team, they’ve gotta be striving for a winter sport.

    Nothing personal, and i feel for Phoenix fans, but this just really makes sense

    • gbrim - Jun 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Moving a team to a ‘temporary’ arena with a goal of fixing that problem later is exactly how the Winnipeg Jets became the Phoenix Coyotes. The Key Arena is an even worse venue than the ‘Yotes original home in Phoenix, America West Arena. 11000 seats until (if) a new arena is built? Really?

  2. brimab - Jun 16, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Seattle does not have an NHL ready arena. They have a stopgap (at best) arena. This is all about capitalizing on momentum to ensure that Chris Hansen gets his arena built before potential political changes (elections in November) have a chance to stop it before it gets started.

  3. tyler4richardson - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Coyotes fans can’t even defend this situation anymore. It sucks for the real Coyotes fans, but the lack of a fanbase, the weird arena deal and location have put you in a hole that no potential owner wants to pull you out of. Does buying the Phoenix Coyotes really sound like an solid investment to anyone? At this point, a full building in the older Key Arena is much better for the NHL than a half full Jobing Arena. Not to mention, Seattle will get their arena. It’s just a matter of time and circumstance, such as having a major tenant.

    • pimares - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      The hell I can’t, I’ll defend this until it’s over. This team is needed for that Arena to survive. 20 sold out shows at the Arena a year will not bring the money and foot traffic that the Coyotes do. Thats what many were saying that the 41 nights a year could easily be replaced. With US Airway Center, Cricket Pavilion, Dodge Theater to compete with, the Arena will struggle. Even US Airways non sports events are just about 30 a year. I doubt Glendale will get that many. This is much than a team anymore its about an ENTIRE city district. 220 million in bonds that still need to be paid for. The team is needed to save the arena and hundreds of jobs. So think about that the next time you say it’s not worth defending any more.

      • tyler4richardson - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:21 PM

        Well, I’ll be an A-Hole and just be honest. I don’t care about those jobs. If I was going to worry about peoples welfare, I would start in Africa or Asia with poor kids lacking any resourceful help and not Phoenix residents losing arena jobs. I’m an NHL fan. Not a city of Phoenix fan. I want the NHL to grow and franchises like Phoenix are holding that back in my opinion. Maybe residents of Phoenix should have gotten out to more games and supported the team, and in turn arena jobs would have never been in jeopardy. You can talk the talk to me about how I should care about these people jobs, but your city and fan base has never walked the walk to support the team or the people who work these arena jobs in jeopardy. Good luck with your hopes, but NHL and Phoenix is a crappy combo and I am hoping they move.

      • ikillchicken - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        All good reasons why Glendale needs the team but none why the team needs Glendale or by extension why an owner should want to keep the team there.

  4. kmg1016 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Hockey in Phoenix (Glendale?) has had more than enough time to prove that it can work. It’s not working. Seattle makes much more sense. So does Portland. Hamilton. Quebec City. Toronto. Oklahoma City. Kansas City. Any/all would be better options. But Seattle/Portland make the most sense for that franchise at this time..

  5. tmoore4075 - Jun 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I hope so. This Phoenix thing has gone on forever. Time for a new place.

  6. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Moving the Coyotes to Seattle makes sense, in the fact the NHL has nothing to lose by doing so. If the Board of Governors do approve this relocation, they need to put in a stipulation, that Seattle has to build a new arena, or at least have ground broke on a new arena within five years. Stipulations are nothing new in relocations; Winnipeg had to show it had 3 years worth of season ticket holders before the team could officially move from Atlanta to Winnipeg.

    With moving the team to Seattle, it gives Seattle the chance to show they can support an NHL team. Anything more than 13,000 fans a night is more than what Phoenix has/had. Both the NHL and NHLPA win with Seattle. Since the salary cap is made up of part tickets sold, the more fans that show up compared to Phoenix, will only raise both the cap floor and ceiling.

    • badintent - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Fan base is important but Corporate support is more. And Microsoft$$$$ rules. Steve Ballmar of Microsoft wants a NBA team in the same New Area to be built for the two team in the NBA and the NHL.Microsoft can drop the same amount that 7000 season fans would pay by simply writing a check. Steve is worth a cool $5 billion himself.Chris Hansen is worth a few $ Billion. This is so a no brainer. What ever you think of Bettman, he knows this deal gets done, even with Herr Stern stalling and stopping the Kings moving north.Vancouver /Seattle rivalry will be huge, same with the Sharks.The Hawks already have plenty of Vancouver NFL fans at the home games, tons of sports fans in the two cities.Seattle is a great sports town, hell, they get 45K at pro soccer home games !

  7. kgun80 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Give Seattle the team!! They will show up and support them. GUARANTEED!! I have said this on here before. They sell out soccer games, they are a great sports city. I’m sorry Phoenix but you don’t deserve the team. They don’t support them. I get there are some hockey fans there but not many. Not enough to support a pro team. As a Buffalo sports fan I know how maddening it is to hear other fans say they should move your team. But we actually still show up in drives to watch our losers.

    • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      friend, you should say “But we actually still show up in “droves” to watch our losers” … :)

    • valoisvipers - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      If it weren’t for a lot of Canadians from Ontario going to Buffalo to watch games I doubt the Sabres would ever sell out.

  8. blomfeld - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:27 PM


    With all due respect to the loyal albeit ‘tiny’ Coyote fan base, this thing is now so dead that ‘rigor mortis’ is already setting in ! In fact, about the only thing I could see preventing Bettman & crew from moving the team at this point to Seattle, are the obvious tax ‘write-off’ benefits & concessions which they’ve no doubt been enjoying by maintaining this colossal mistake in the desert. Nonetheless, these tax savings are probably being cancelled out by the carnage being done to their balance sheet under the category of Good Will … and therefore relocation to Seattle is likely now a given. Anyway, I think that Key Arena would work just fine in the interim and I’m sure that the fine people of Seattle will make it work one way or the other. I know that I’ll be doing my part by motoring down the I-5 to see as many games as possible ! :)

    GO SEATTLE GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • badintent - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      Damn ,you’re good ! A song about my friends “massages” ! Who knew ? Hope we get the bridge rebuilt soon at Mt Veron, it’s a terrible clusterfu%k now.I5 is now I4.5 right now

  9. MyTeamsAllStink - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    could the NHL franchise use the supersonics name if they were to move?

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      Wouldn’t the NHL team want to create their own identity?

    • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      the “Supersonics” would be cool no doubt … however I’d go with the Seattle B-17’s, the Seattle Flying Fortresses or something along those lines? … regardless friend, the bottom line is that ‘things are now going to happen’ and it doesn’t come a minute too soon ! :)

      Sorry there Phoenix friends, but you guys had your chance …

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    I’d love to see Seattle get a team because I’m sure they’d support them pretty well. I’m a hockey puck collector and I can say that I’ve gotten quite a few hockey pucks from that region so I’m sure they’d have a lot more support unlike the support the coyotes get in Phoenix currently

  11. vipod4ever - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    The return of the Seattle Metropolitans…first US based team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. Perhaps the new logo would be the Space Needle shaped as a stike?

    • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      the “Metropolitans” would be beautiful ! … and for kicks, the Canucks could rename themselves the Metrosexuals at the same time ! :)

  12. icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Gotta get it done. With so much money involved with professional sports, you want entities surrounded by passionate fans (both emotionally and financially) in large numbers. One hopes that Seattle can follow the footsteps of Winnipeg.

  13. pastabelly - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    NHL cannot do a deal in Seattle until a new arena deal is done. This has to be done the right way.

    • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      go back to your pasta friend … anything can be done here, given the will and a few bucks …

  14. mugatuu - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    As someone who lives in Vancouver, and has a property just over the border in Bellingham, I can tell you I would be thrilled to make the trip to Seattle and watch games. Not just Canucks vs Seattle games either. It really baffles me as to why the NHL has waited so long to expand to the Pacific Northwest. Hopefully if Seattle gets a team and is successful, Portland would also be an option to eventually get a team as well.

    It’s frustrating that the closest geographical rivalry for the Canucks is the Flames and a ridiculous 9 hour drive. So the more teams on the West coast, the better from a rivalry perspective.

    • blomfeld - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM

      Ahem …

      try like ’12 x hours’ to Cow Town and that’s in the summer! As you know, driving to Calgary from Vancouver in the winter, over the Rockies through snow, ice and road closures takes as much as 18 hours on a ‘good’ day! For all intents and purposes, the Flames might as well be based in the Punjab, such is their hideous location so afar from Vancouver. But what a wonderful concept eh, to have NHL teams all ‘up & down’ the I-5 in places like Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Jose and LA ? (ie: ‘F’ Anaheim I say, as they’re less deserving of a franchise than even Phoenix)

      GO SEATTLE & PORTLAND GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • micasa81 - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Holy sh*t, 9 hours? I would not want to meet you coming around the switchbacks near Golden.

      But you make a good point – a Seattle-Vancouver NHL rivalry is long overdue.

  15. kaptaanamerica - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    I think the person who should take a huge amount of blame for the Phoenix situation is Gretzky. in my opinion, The guy was useless in Phoenix and helped destroy the team with his bad, really bad coaching or lack of coaching. the guy rushed prospects into the NHL and ruined young players’ careers as far as I’m concerned. the team under Tippet is dangerous and can make the playoffs.

    • blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:39 AM


      In all seriousness friend, I agree with you completely. Gretzky is ‘very’ much culpable for this financial travesty in the Arizonan desert and he should be held to account, irrespective of whatever his supporters & lovers think !

      • badintent - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        Was Janet placing bets against hubby’s team ? Just asking………………………………..

      • hawkeedawg - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:52 AM

        Are you an idiot or what? If not for Gretzky, your beloved Kings would have relocated years ago.

      • blomfeld - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:22 AM

        could hawkeedawg = new-age ‘misguided’ sheep ?

        sorry friend, but your ignorance precedes you … the fact of the matter is that the LA Kings organization has been as ‘financially’ solid since the day of it’s inception in 1967 as the Rock of Gibraltar ! … yes Gretzky’s effeminate ‘perfumes’ helped to arouse some interest in the So Cal area for a time, but in the big picture it amounted to nothing … what’s given us our biggest push ever was our glorious march to the top in 2012 … and watch out Finklestein because we’re going on the march again in 2014 ! :)

  16. eastcoastcynic - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    As one who wants the NHL in Seattle in the worst way, I have a feeling that the Seattle investors are being used as pawns by Bettman to get the Glendale City Council to capitulate to the subsidy demands of the prospective owners and they’re not really serious about Seattle getting a franchise at this time.

    I hope I’m wrong.

  17. billsysabres - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Seattle frappichinos

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