The NHL’s 32nd franchise will start selling season tickets today.
March 1st is the day Seattle will begin their season ticket drive to show Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors that they’re ready to bring in a franchise.
It’s the NHL’s ideal location for expansion and collecting another $600 million cheque to share with the owners around the league.
Seattle would be a Pacific Northwest team to make a natural rival with Vancouver, who has never really had one. And a team in Seattle would also even up the number of teams in the East and West conference without having to shuffle teams around. Currently, the East has 16 teams and the West has 15.
While Canadian fans likely believe Quebec City deserves a shot over Seattle, too bad. Bettman will be much happier putting a team in an area with 3.7 million people rather than one with three million less.
This isn’t an anti-Canadian thing, either.