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02-20-2013, 03:03 AM
knorthern knight
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I believe that the Coyotes will be most likely relocated to QC over the summer. Seattle is not in the game right now. It's not just their hockey-unfriendly temporary facility; unlike QC they do not have a guaranteed permanent facility. Before Seattle and King County pay for arena construction to begin there are 2 pre-conditions...
  1. Hansen needs to get his hands on an NBA team. Minority shareholders' bankruptcy trustee is insisting on right of first refusal in the Sacramento purchase and could tie it up in court.
  2. The environmental assessment has to pass favourably. While it's expected, it's not guaranteed.
The NHL would be taking a big risk moving into Seattle "on spec" hoping that the above 2 items happen. The best strategy right now is...
  • Coyotes to QC this summer
  • review the financial health of all franchises, and if there aren't any major problems, expand in a few years
If things go OK in Seattle, there'll be a new arena waiting for the NHL come the next expansion. The NHL's problem with Phoenix requires a solution NOW, and Seattle is not there yet.

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