Joining Bettman, from left to right, is Jerry Bruckheimer, David Bonderman, David Wright, Tod Leiweke and Washington Wild youth hockey player Jaina Goscinski.
But with the NHL Seattle group's proposal and the city's backing for a $750 million renovation of Key Arena, Seattle was nearly guaranteed a green light.
Because even the National Hockey League owners know, based on the experience of their NBA brethren, when it comes to pro sports and Seattle public works, expecting perfection is an impossibility.
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"We are delighted to add David Bonderman, Tod Leiweke and the entire NHL Seattle group to the National Hockey League family".
Despite starting the 2017-18 on the West Coast, the Flyers didn't face the expansion Golden Knights in their expansion season until February 11 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and again at the Wells Fargo Center on March 12.
"A second expansion in three years could only have even been considered, and ultimately approved by our board because our league is stronger and more stable than it has ever been", Bettman said.
"I think what we saw with the season ticket uptake in Seattle when they wanted to get a team shows that they're going to have a huge number of fans", he added.
"We thought that it made the absolute most sense on a whole host of levels", Commissioner Bettman said, "geographic rivalries among the other teams in the Pacific, the fact that for most of the season Arizona is on Mountain time, not Pacific time so in terms of away broadcasts and the like".
The announcement came a few moments after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan let the news slip at a watch party in Seattle, prompting cheers: "I got a call from a mole in the room and it was a unanimous vote". But today I think about the fans.
Seattle will be able to select one player from every team except Vegas.
Club President and CEO Ahron Cohen made a statement, published to the team's official Twitter account, suggesting that the team is willing to work alongside the league to accommodate Seattle's entry into the league and ensure that the Coyotes' move into the Central is done so smoothly. Many expect the Arizona Coyotes to be moved to the Central Division in 2021 when Seattle enters the league. Vegas does not get any of the money and is exempt from the expansion draft, which will take place in June 2021. The Seattle Metropolitans won the Stanley Cup in 1917 and were in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1919 when the championship series was canceled because of a flu outbreak. Recent indications have suggested a return of the Seattle Sonics-assuming the hypothetical franchise revives the beloved name-might be further off than some might hope. Some GMs have said privately they would be more inclined this time to lose one desirable player rather than give up multiple assets to save one.
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USA markets soared on news of the detente with the Dow rising more than 400 points in Monday morning trading. However, it did not indicate if that was a plan with specific goals or something that was merely desirable.
Philadelphia is ready to win, and they don't have time to give Suarez 30 starts to learn how to pitch in the big leagues. There are a number of starting pitchers available for the Sox to sign to help improve their starting rotation.
House Speaker Paul Ryan alluded to that political setback in his Capitol remarks and said Bush handled defeat with grace. The dog was assigned earlier this year as a service dog to Bush, who used a wheelchair in the last years of his life.
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