Report: NHL Talked To Seattle Groups About Possible Expansion Team Fee

Gary Bettman, Bill Daly The NHL is on Olympic break as its best players compete for the gold medal in Sochi, but that hasn’t prevented expansion discussions.

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that the league has talked with people who might be interested in owning an NHL franchise in that city.

“Local sources have said the league has held discussions with potential ownership groups here about what the fee would be to land an expansion franchise to begin play in the 2015-16 season,” Geoff Baker wrote. “Reports last summer had pegged it at $275 million, but sources now say they expect the price to be somewhere in the $200 million-to-$250 million range.”

“Sources have indicated that talks between the NHL and local officials were far enough along that some type of announcement could be made within weeks of the Sochi Olympics concluding,” Baker later added. “Daly told reporters in Sochi this week that…

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