NHL could expand to Seattle in three years, says investor

Seattle may be on the verge of getting a new NHL-caliber arena, and there may be investors willing to bring an NHL franchise to the Pacific Northwest city, but one pesky problem remains.

“I can tell you there are not teams for sale that are available to move,” Chicago Wolves owner Don Levin told ESPN the Magazine on Wednesday.

Levin would love to own an NHL team in Seattle, which he’s called “probably the best market in the United States that does not have a hockey team demographically.”

But how could he get one?

ESPN asked Levin about two potential relocation targets – the Phoenix Coyotes and New York Islanders.

On the Coyotes, Levin figures Greg Jamison will eventually purchase the team and keep it in Glendale.


3 Responses to NHL could expand to Seattle in three years, says investor

  1. blaze says:

    Absolutely. The NHL is really f*cking up here. If the season starts on time they’re on the verge of really breaking new ground in the US. The NHL without a lockout isn’t that far from an expansion to 32 teams.

    Seattle and Quebec City in 2-3 years. 4 divisions of 8 nice balance. If you had to move two I’d consider Phoenix and Florida but again the NHL and NBC don’t want too lose any more major media markets.

  2. mojo19 says:

    Lots of contracts coming off the books. Coming out of the lockout/this season, this will be the Leafs:

    Centres (3) –
    Mikhail Grabovski, $5.5 million – 4 years
    James VanRiemsdyk, $4.25 million – 5 years
    Jay McClement, $1.5 million – 1 year
    Joe Colborne – RFA

    Wingers (6) –
    Phil Kessel, $5.4 million – 1 year
    Nikolai Kulemin, $2.8 million – 1 year
    Tyler Biggs, $1.1 million – 2 years
    Carter Ashton, $1 million – 1 year
    Matt Frattin, $925 K – 1 year
    Mike Brown, $737 K – 1 year
    Nazem Kadri – RFA

    Defense (4) –
    Dion Phaneuf, $6.5 million – 1 year
    Mike Komisarek, $4.5 million – 1 year
    J-M Liles, $3.9 million – 3 years
    Jake Gardiner, $1.1 million – 1 year
    Carl Gunnarsson – RFA
    Korbinian Holzer – RFA
    *Cody Franson – current RFA

    Goalies –
    James Reimer, $1.8 million – 1 year
    Ben Scrivens, $600 K – 1 year

    *I Only included a couple prospects who would be more likely to make the team, such as Colborne, Kadri, Biggs etc. Could always be surprises within the organization.

    The one guy who is likely to receive a legitimate offer on lengthy extension is Joffrey Lupul.
    Some questionable players to return beyond this season include MacArthur, Bozak, Connolly, Lombardi, and Steckel.

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