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The board of governors voted unanimously on Tuesday that their will be a 32nd NHL team coming to Seattle in the fall of 2021-2022. Seattle will be playing in the Pacific Division. The Arizona Coyotes will be moving to the Central Division.
This is a very good day for sports fans in Seattle. They are a very passionate fan base and they wanted an NBA team back, but Seattle getting a hockey team won't be that bad for them. The expansion draft will take place in the summer of 2021.
Teams will already have to start thinking on the business side of things before that expansion draft takes place. Seattle will be playing their home games at Key Arena.
The Vegas Golden Knights just came into the league as the 31st NHL team last season. They made it to the finals in their first year as an NHL franchise.
There is no problem with expanding to 32 teams in the NHL. Teams are drafting better than ever before and there is so many good players available. Seattle should be the last team the NHL ever adds. There is no need to them to expand after that.
When the 2021-2022 arrives, each division will have eight teams in it. We will see whether or not Seattle does better than Vegas in its first year. They obviously have a lot of time to figure out the team name, the general manager, and the head coach.
A few of the team names it could be is the Seattle Emeralds, the Seattle Seals, the Seattle Sea Lions, the Seattle Kraken, and the Seattle Whales. If there is any other names you guys like, comment below. Will see what it is named, but it is fun to guess what it will be before it is actually reveled.
The NHL hopes Seattle will be competitive right away like Vegas was. Will they be able to find a goalie like Marc-Andre Fleury in the expansion draft or a couple of very good players like Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson?