December 13th, 2017

NHL commissioner Bettman says league will consider Seattle expansion bid


By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on December 7, 2017.

Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Justin Faulk (27) looks on as Vancouver Canucks right wing Nikolay Goldobin (77) sends his first goal of the season past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling (33) during third period NHL action in Vancouver, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. The sale of the Carolina Hurricanes could be announced as early as this afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

MANALAPAN, Fla. – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of governors has agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle.

Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at US$650 million for Seattle, which would become the league’s 32nd team.

Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring an NHL and an NBA team as anchor tenants.

Bettman said Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion at the moment, which means an NHL team won’t be playing in Quebec City’s 18,259-seat Videotron Centre in the foreseeable future.

Also at Thursday’s board of governors meeting, Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon signed an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr.

The NHL still has to approve the sale.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said a sale could be approved Thursday, instead of a purchase agreement.

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