From the outside looking in, I'd prefer it to be the Seattle Thunderbirds or the Seattle Breakers. Metropolitans would almost assuredly be shortened to Mets colloquially (and **** those guys) and I'm just not a fan of the Totems name.
There is some history obviously with the Metropolitans, but its very ancient history, and the name would surely be shortened to Mets or Metros. Perhaps they could salute the Metropolitans by using their colors, even if they go with a different name.
Unless the current WHL team ownership are complete morons, the name isn't available and is trademarked (or whatever the right term is). It could be purchased, but if I were the WHL team, I would demand a prince's ransom -- effectively telling the NHL team to pound sand. So unless they fold or sell, it won't be the T-birds.
"Rain" is so predictable and bland. The polls heavily favour Totems and Metropolitans so why even suggest it? Fans don't want a lame 90's name like Rain, Ice, or Stealth for a hockey team in Seattle.
Because "Metropolitans" is so cool, right? Totems is real "edgy" and "different".
Wth is a "lame 90's name"? A name that actually represents something as opposed to picking a flightless bird because it happens to start with the same letter of your city? A name that doesn't essentially means the same thing as as already existing team?
Or a name that's actually new and different rather than sticking to a contrived and misguided view on NHL history?
The Totems was a ridiculous team name the first time around and it would be just as ridiculous now. The Metropolitans wouldn't work because it would be shortened to Mets, so they would need to just call themselves the Metros from the start if they want to go that route. Do something creative with your name instead of just trying to do all this regional stuff. Give the fans something cool to embrace that sounds unique and could actually lead to them having a cool logo, great merch and a notable mascot. Call 'em the Sasquatch for all I care, just don't use inanimate objects, the music scene, the weather or your location as the sole basis for creating a name. It's tired and it's boring.