The NHL made a major step in granting a potential expansion team to Seattle in early December, making a formal request to its Board of Governors to seek approval for the expansion team. But in the month since, things have been pretty quiet.
We appear to have a reason why.
The Seattle ownership group has received expansion paperwork from the NHL. Now it's up to the Seattle group to formally apply. Haven't yet.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 9, 2018
Darren Dreger, a hockey insider for TSN in Canada, reported Tuesday afternoon that while there is expansion paperwork in the hands of a prospective Seattle ownership group, there has been no submission as of yet.
The potential ownership group is headed by David Bonderman, a minority owner of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and University of Washington alum, and Jerry Bruckheimer, a well-known producer in Hollywood.
While this little tidbit of news may seem slightly worrisome on the surface, it’s actually just another sign that the process of bringing major league professional hockey to the Emerald City – slow as it may be – is very much underway.