The NHL Playoffs are no more than two weeks away from finishing up, but that’s not stopping Gary Bettman from talking about expanding the NHL. Seattle has been a hot site for the possibility of expansion, but Bettman says not so fast.
A lot of people are in favor of the NHL expanding, I’m not one of them, but that really doesn’t mean anything. In a report on NHL.com Bettman briefly discussed that issue. It seems that the biggest issue in Seattle is there is no building, and without a building there will be no team. The counter issue here is that one of the key people involved in the efforts to bring the
NHL to Seattle, Chris Hansen will not build an arena without a team in place.
I can see both side of this, but if the NHL has any thoughts of expanding in the next few years they are going to need to get past the scared phase, and just jump in. But, it seems the NBA may be to blame for some of Bettman’s hesitation.
“Based on what’s happened to date and the fact that his partner has now bought a different franchise, or is apparently buying a different franchise, I don’t know if there is any prospect of a building in Seattle,” Commissioner Bettman said. “It’s nice that there is interest, but there’s really not a whole lot for us to do with it.” [NHL]
There have been reports of a name, and logo packet for the possible Seattle team, and there seems to be a fan base, but they need to get some blueprints drawn up, and show they are serious. Otherwise this is all just talk, and talk is cheap.