Seattle Times: Seattle not in running to land NHL expansion team

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NEWARK, NJ - JULY 22: Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the NHL, attends the Beyond Sport United 2015 event on July 22, 2015 in Newark City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Beyond Sport)

NASHVILLE – “If someone (from Seattle) wanted to give us an application right now, we wouldn’t take it” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said about Seattle’s chances of getting an NHL expansion team, the Seattle Times reported.

Bettman insisted  that Seattle is not in the running to get a team, the paper reported.

The NHL Commissioner said that an executive committee will eventually suggest whether the league should add two teams, one or none, the Times reported.

The topic of expansion was barely addressed at the NHL Board of Governors meeting Saturday morning, after it was discussed extensively in December.

“We’re going through an orderly process…this is a very important decision.  A lot of things have to be considered,”  Bettman said.

“As things stand right now, there’s no prospect  of an arena in greater Seattle,” Bettman was quoted by the Times.