NHL Notebook: League heads to Seattle – Boston Herald

The worst-kept secret in hockey finally came true earlier in the week when the NHL announced a Seattle franchise would begin play in 2021-22 season. The Seattle franchise, still unnamed, will pay a $650 million expansion fee and David Bonderman will serve as principle owner.

“Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America’s most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press release. “We are delighted to add David Bonderman, Tod Leiweke and the entire NHL Seattle group to the National Hockey League family. And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being the home for the first American team ever to win the Stanley Cup, is finally joining the NHL.”

As noted, Seattle isn’t unfamiliar with the NHL, it’s just been a while. The Metropolitans won the Cup in the 1917 season, but hockey history hasn’t been kind to the region since, without an NHL club for more than a century.

The league adding a 32nd team creates new alignment, with the new club joining the Pacific Division. It moves the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division, but the rest of the teams will remain in the same divisions.

Vegas, despite the fact that it’ll have been in the league for four seasons by the time Seattle is ready to ice a team, will be held out of the expansion draft.

But, what’s on the mind of hockey fans more than anything with Seattle is potential team names. From the historic Seals — used already once with the California/Oakland Golden Seals — to unique names like Sea Lions or Kracken, the web has been active with speculation.

Oddsmakers have “Totems” as the favorite, with “Firebirds” as the longest

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