February 5, 2013

Don't Expect the NHL in Seattle Anytime Soon

Remember that league that plays hockey? With the talk of the new downtown arena in Seattle, there was the possibility that  Seattle could also get an NHL team. Much like how the Kings look destined to be relocated, the Emerald City could also swallow up some wayward hockey franchise. It doesn't look like it's going to happen, however, and you can blame the Canadians.

SEATTLE – Snagging the troubled Phoenix Coyotes hockey franchise for Seattle won’t be the empty-net goal some have suggested.

A deal to keep the Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz., fell apart last week when prospective buyer Greg Jamison failed to secure financing in time to meet a Jan. 31 deadline. Jamison has vowed to continue pursuit of the franchise, but is expected to meet considerable opposition from a newly elected Glendale mayor and town council that has already spoken out against the favorable conditions attached to the previous deal.

Seattle would definitely be a top candidate for a relocation of the Coyotes, but as things currently stand, Quebec City appears a more viable destination, given the speedy time frame involved. For one thing, Quebec already served as home to a National Hockey League franchise with the Nordiques from 1979-80 through the 1994-95 season and has broken ground on a $400 million arena.

Let me spell this out to you, Quebec City, which already has a strong NHL base, has already started building a stadium. Sorry Seattle, you're a bit behind in the time table. But lets be honest, did we really want a team that would stop play every four years because of a strike?

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