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The team moved to Seattle in 1977 but has played its games in Kent since 2009.

As a refresher here were the protection rules for all other National Hockey League teams and what will likely occur this time around (Note: Vegas will not be subject to the expansion draft). Virtually no one will be willing to take on a player like that now knowing that they will need to protect them over other defensemen when the time comes. Quebec City was receiving a tousle of the hair and a pat on the cheek: the bid was fine, with the spiffy arena and a deep-pocketed prospective owner in Quebecor, but the Canadian dollar was weak and the city itself was over there in the East, which would have exacerbated the league's conference imbalance.

"This is an awesome day for Seattle and Seattle sports fans", said mayor Jenny Durkan in a statement. More than 100 years later, they'll have that chance again.

This means that should those guys still be Chicago Blackhawks during the 2021 season, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith will all have to be protected leaving only five forward spots and one defensive spot left open.

The NHL's launch in Seattle will show how starved fans are for another team.

The new team will pay a US$650 million expansion fee, which is US$150 million more than the Vegas Golden Knights paid in 2016. "That's why today happened". Basketball is embedded in the DNA of the region thanks to 41 years of the SuperSonics and a lengthy history of producing NBA talent. "They had nothing but good things to say about the fans, the city and the market". Basketball courts and coffee shops seem to be on every corner, but ice rinks are scarce.

A strong National Basketball Association fan-base remains in Seattle, a city that must interest the National Basketball Association, considering the deep pockets of the tech barons in the area. Amazon has taken over an entire section of the city, joined nearby by satellite offices of Google and Facebook.

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According to Station Index, Seattle is the U.S.' 14th largest TV market, and it's the largest city without a winter sport.

Seattle has become a city of transplants due to the booming local economy.

Like most any expansion team, the Seattle To Be Determined's will engage in an expansion draft to construct their team.

But with the NHL Seattle group's proposal and the city's backing for a $750 million renovation of Key Arena, Seattle was nearly guaranteed a green light. The NBA's owners are not even considering it.

In later years, the Seattle Totems formed a rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League. Those numbers are unprecedented for any expansion team in professional sports.

What do you think Coyotes fans? It could also be Kansas City, which built an arena in 2007 and is still without a major-league tenant.