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Report: Bettman and Daly visited Seattle last week

May 13, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

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From King 5 News in Seattle:

Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday that the NHL commissioner and deputy commissioner made a personal visit to Seattle last week and met with its top two elected officials.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly flew to Seattle last week and met privately with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Bettman has publicly stated the league has interest in placing a franchise in the Seattle market, but that “building issues” have gotten in the way.

OK, so this isn’t anything earth-shattering. The NHL has been quite open about its interest in Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest as a region.

There’s still no suitable Seattle arena though, and that’s a major issue to overcome.

“Until the building issue is one that we can understand better and be told that there’s a realistic possibility of the building coming out of the ground anytime soon, that’s not something that we can seriously consider,” said Bettman recently.

Which is possibly why Bettman and Daly were in town — to understand the issue better.

This is pure speculation, but they might also have been curious to know if there’s any way to start construction on a new arena with only an NHL team, and no NBA team, guaranteed to play there. According to King 5, “city leaders and [investor Chris Hansen] have indicated they are not willing right now to renegotiate the deal to allow an NHL team to prompt construction.”

Related: Here’s what hockey could look like in Seattle

  1. canucks30 - May 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Canucks fans might finally get to see their team play without taking out a second mortgage.

  2. avfanforlife - May 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Lots of NHL fans in WA would love to have a team, especially me. But there just aren’t enough of us…

    We were THIS CLOSE to having an NBA team come up which would have also meant NHL as well, but we’ll just have to be patient. 2 new NW franchises, Seattle and Portland, would even up the conferences, and create what many would feel an instant rivalry.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      I think having Portland get a team at the same time is crucial to the success of both franchises. Instant rivalry via the MLS and hell we might see the first tifo at a hockey game!

  3. nyeagles10 - May 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    can’t think of a better city here in the States to have a NHL team.. Fans are nutz out there like us nyer’s l.. I like it

  4. gbart22 - May 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Milwaukee or Wisconsin in general could have a team portland and Seattle should be the next two markets in the US to get a team. In Canada Saskatchewan could handle a team and obviously Quebec. Other than those four markets Houston and Indy

  5. longcutskolvikes - May 13, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    I hope Quebec City gets one first. Still, it would be neat.

  6. flyboystransport - May 13, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Ever hang around that hot women that only wants to be friends……

  7. superbowl48champs - May 13, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Seattle or Portland would be great. Seattle has a larger market and probably could support it better but Portland already has a facility (or two) in place for the NHL. Portland has one of the largest fan bases for junior hockey in the CHL so there would definitely be an existing fan base already.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 14, 2014 at 3:00 AM

      both Seattle and Portland would attract fans driving down to watch games from the lower mainland. It would be cheaper to drive down including fuel, tickets, food than watching a game in Vancouver, maybe even flying down to watch the game would be cheaper. What would be great is a Canucks roadtrip going in order: Seattle, Portland, San Jose, LA, Anaheim and Phoenix. That’d be epic.

  8. schlitzy - May 14, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    Milwaukee has been talking about building a new arena with potential buyers of the Bucks…if it happens…just keep us in mind!!

  9. bullwinkle88 - May 14, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    I wonder if Bettman asked why the Seattle area blacks out NHL games, including the playoffs. Inquiring minds would like to know.

    • kaptaanamerica - May 14, 2014 at 5:59 AM

      What do you mean? are you saying you can’t watch the games on NBCSN or its other networks?

  10. blackhawks2010 - May 14, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    I live in Seattle and games are on CNBC or affiliate, not sure about the above comment. NHL would do fantastic in Seattle, youth hockey is big here and fanbase devoted to sports. Heck,even soccer draws giant crowds for the Sounders… A rivalry with Vancouver, LA and Anaheim would be awesome!

  11. hosewater2 - May 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Will Seattle folks allow tax dollars to be used in constructing an arena? Any locals know what the status of a prospective arena is?

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