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You may have seen our story last week, in which the NHL’s Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told me there was a local group interested in bringing a team to Seattle.
Today, prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Vancouver, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was asked again about the Seattle Group.
Q. There’s been recent reports of a group in Seattle interested in
an NHL team. What are your thoughts on Seattle as a hockey market? With Winnipeg done, do you have a list of cities that are potentials?
COMMISSIONER BETTMAN: There are no shortage of places that continue to express interest in having a team. I think it was half a dozen, and now it’s down to five because Winnipeg comes off the list. My answer is the same. I don’t want to raise anybody’s expectation. We’re hoping not to do
relocation. You all know that we don’t believe in doing that, except as a
last resort. We do everything possible to avoid it, and we’re not planning on expanding.
The interest is flattering, but I don’t want anyone in any market that doesn’t have a team to get their hopes up yet.