Coyotes Sale: NHL meets with Seattle mayor about KeyArena

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle mayor Mike McGinn confirmed that he met with the NHL about the possibility of hosting a team in KeyArena. The wheels are starting to turn on bringing a team in Seattle.

As the city of Glendale approaches a vote on the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, the city of Seattle is starting to make their move. Seattle mayor Mike McGinn confirmed, via Chris Daniels of KING 5, that he has met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the possibility of moving the team to the city.

The NHL has also met with the Seattle City Council. McGinn says that a representative from Chris Hansen's group introduced him to potential investors two weeks ago. Daniels confirmed that those investors are Ray Bartoszek and Anthony Lanza.

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove reported earlier that Glendale will hold a city council meeting to potentially approve a sale on June 25. A local ownership group has a "handshake agreement" to buy the team, but if the deal isn't approved by the city, Bartoszek and Lanza could move the team to Seattle as early as the 2013-14 season.

If the Coyotes do move to Seattle, it's assumed that they will play in KeyArena until a new facility is built. Hansen's group has an arena plan in place, but that deal is now up in the air after he failed to buy the Sacramento Kings.

KeyArena is hardly an ideal NHL spot, and there are still a lot of hurdles to clear. For now, however, McGinn and the investor group seem optimistic about their chances of bringing professional hockey to Seattle.

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