Posted June 17, 2013

Report: Seattle, NHL in talks to bring Coyotes to Northwest

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The Coyotes could relocate to Seattle if a lease agreement with Glendale, Ariz. does not come through. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Coyotes could relocate to Seattle if a lease agreement with Glendale, Ariz. does not come through. (NHLI via Getty Images)

Seattle could not bring the Sacramento Kings to town, but the Emerald City could soon be adding an NHL team.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn acknowledged that he has spoken with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the Phoenix Coyotes possibly relocating to Seattle, according to NBC affiliate King 5.

The mayor told King 5 that he and two city councilmembers met with investors Ray Bartoszek and Anthony Lanza about bringing the team to Key Arena in the fall. The team would play at Key Arena, which can fit 11,000 fans for hockey, for two seasons.

From King 5:

“I let (Bettman) know of the situation here, and that we were supportive of bringing the NHL to Seattle,” McGinn said. “We have Key Arena, so we talked about the potential of them being in Key Arena, while we continue to work on a new arena plan.”

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly would not characterize the discussions between McGinn and Bettman, and told KING5 the conversation was “like any number of conversations the Commissioner has all the time with a variety of people.”

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The NHL has given Glendale, Ariz. until June 25th to work out a lease agreement with the Coyotes. Sources said last week that a “framework” for a lease agreement was in place. Bettman acknowledged that the team could relocate if a deal was not done.

From King 5:

McGinn said, while the news is encouraging, “I really want to bring down expectations. We are very clearly Plan B for the NHL and this team. I feel compelled to say this after the experience we had with Sacramento than the likelihood of us having a team here in a couple of weeks is low.”


24 comments
Raheem1
Raheem1

A capacity for 11,000 people is too small for a NHL team, even if it is a temporary arena. Even though the realignment might be effected, move the team to Quebec City, where you can get the most profits. A temporary arena of 15,000 people is a NHL size arena, including a 18,000 capacity arena being built by 2015.

SuperSonics206
SuperSonics206

I'll believe it when I see it.. After this last experience I refuse to get excited until it's official. I have a feeling that we(Seattle) are being used as a pawn to get cities to build new arenas. Just like LA is to the NFL.. ..

tgm929
tgm929

It would  be great to have a legit NHL franchise in the Northwest.

Zeshan
Zeshan

Rest assured. David Stern is going to find a way to c**k block this potential move too.

muser
muser

Yotes to Seattle and in a couple years, Jets to Kansas City...

GoBlue1964
GoBlue1964

Yes, bring them to Seattle, Hockey will do well here especially with the rivalry  that will start between Vancouver and Seattle, and I would be able to attend the Detroit Red Wings, Seattle Coyotes game.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

i think this will happen as the NHL and bettman should admit that phenoix is not a good market for hockey and again most people wouldn't notice the coyotes leaving, as again when they had there confernce finals run last year there was no buzz in the area, it was like whatever, we care more about the d-backs

modsuperstar
modsuperstar

For all the boneheaded moves the NHL has made along the way, this move could actually make sense. While Quebec City does make sense for a number of reasons, moving a team from west to east after just moving a team east to west makes little sense from an alignment standpoint. They need western teams to stay in the west. This creates a natural rivalry with Vancouver which is something they desperately needed. Though it could viably create a Leafs/Habs and Senators scenario where whenever they play their arena is overrun by Canuck fans. The NHL fully has its eye on expansion once they get this Phoenix charade sorted. The owners want those big money expansion fees that don't have to be split as revenue with the players. They all greedy, so it's not a matter of it, but when. They know that Quebec City and the GTA, be it Markham or Hamilton will shell out the money for teams.

mashley278
mashley278

PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE! And hopefully the fans will be the opposite of the scarf wearing hipsters going to stupid soccer games.

sanpala
sanpala

What a waste of time and money of trying to keep the team in Phoenix. Most everybody, both great and small, knew years ago that the Coyotes were not going to work out in Glendale.

AndrewSmith
AndrewSmith

Seattle would be a whole lot better than the dead zone of Phoenix. Aside from maybe a half-dozen locals who bought into hockey, the team relies on snowbirds from Canada to make their attendance look passable and even that's a hoax. Bettman's failed southern exposure to hockey must end. Send the Coyotes to Seattle and Florida to Quebec City and the NHL will start to look right again.

Kate O
Kate O

Oh for @#%&*'s sake.  They failed at bringing the SACRAMENTO KINGS as in the basketball team.

benzirk
benzirk

You mean the Sacramento Kings...

BobbyArnott
BobbyArnott

@muser Jets won't be going anywhere, sorry. One of the newest (albeit smaller) rinks sold out every night, one of the top teams in merchandising, first class ownership. The fans know what they lost the first time the Jets left. It won't happen again. Maybe one of the teams in the south will move there, and then fold after five years, because KC is not a hockey market

muser
muser

@modsuperstar Quesbec will NEVER get a team as long as they have government enforced bigotry...The French Separatists are nuts..

mashley278
mashley278

@Kate O Who is "THEY"? Seattle didn't fail, in fact they offered more money and the best arena deal in America. THE NBA BLOCKED IT for no good reason.

muser
muser

@BobbyArnott  I lived in Winnipeg. Its a frozen hell. High crime and taxes, horrible weather, on and on and on..Free agents are already shunning them. The team will always suck. Winnipeg fans are fickle and will stop going without a winner. It's just a matter of when and where they go.

Blue Bomb
Blue Bomb

@muser@modsuperstarIf Quebec City wants the NHL to return to their city, they'll need to be more English-speaking friendly.  Also, the main reason the NHL expanded to large, but not so hockey-crazed markets was that it looked good in their quest for national-TV contracts.  

The Sacramento River Cats have been named the best-managed organization in all of minor-league baseball.  They have strong fan, corporate, and local media support to maintain a MLB team.  However, the San Francisco Giants and Oakland (future San Jose) Athletics have done everything possible to stop that from happening. 

If the NHL adds too may small markets to its fold, they fear they'll fall to the status of Arena Football and the WNBA.

BobbyArnott
BobbyArnott

@muser @modsuperstar They are nuts, but that has nothing to do with them not having a team. They will have a rink within ten years, and a team a few years later