A deal to move the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division is part of the Seattle expansion package that was to be voted on at the league's Board of Governor's meetings on Tuesday, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, who added, "And it will pass".
It's more about when than if, given the success of the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion and the $650 million the new owners will pay to join.
Seattle being granted the NHL's 32nd team has been one of the worst kept secrets in sports over the last few months.
The move will see the Coyotes moved away from their geographical rivals, with the Vegas Golden Knights, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks being the three closest teams now.
Play is expected to begin in 2021, depending on the progress of arena renovations for Seattle's first major winter sports team since the NBA's SuperSonics left town in 2008.
The Board of Governors also approved a realignment plan that will shift the Coyotes from the Pacific Division to the Central, joining the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets, giving the National Hockey League four divisions with eight teams each; the Central now currently has seven teams.
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The Red Wings and other clubs got $17.2 million each from Las Vegas' expansion fee.
The biggest concern for Coyotes fans will be the relative strength of the Central compared to the current Pacific Division.
The Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup final in their first campaign, losing 4-1 to the Washington Capitals in the best-of-seven series.
OK, OK, let's get to what you really want to know: What is going to be the team's name and colors? As for colors, Leiweke indicated that the usual Seattle scheme of blue and green is likely out of the question because it's what the Canucks use, and speculation is that black and red could factor in prominently considering how much it has been used already by the NHL Seattle group. In fact, our scheduling will ensure like we do with Tampa in the Atlantic that it's a little more efficient.
WATCH BELOW: Seattle Hockey Partners video on KeyArena renovations. The Vegas Golden Knights recently received approval to install wagering kiosks inside T-Mobile Arena, which is half owned by MGM Resorts. Believe it or not, there are no permanent public ice rinks inside the Seattle city limits, but that will change with the training center, which will feature a grand total of three rinks.
There are also plans to build a $70-million practice facility.