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07:30 AM ET 07.31 | With the Coyotes managing to stay in the desert, the NHL lost an opportunity to expand to Seattle -- or so it seemed. League commissioner Gary Bettman apparently wants to rectify that situation. According to Mitch Levy, a talk show host for Seattle radio station KJR, Bettman is pushing for an expansion team that would begin play in the city in the 2014-15 season. Levy reported via Twitter on Tuesday that Bettman is "encouraging" the NHL's Board of Governors to grant Seattle a franchise. Expansion, though, is far from a sure thing. There at least two big contingencies, according to Levy: finding a solid ownership group and maintaining progress on the construction of a new arena in downtown Seattle near Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field.

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July 31, 2013  07:58 AM ET

As much as we like to bash the interns, at least they serve up a good old dwarf tossing story every few days. Have at it, boys!

July 31, 2013  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As much as we like to bash the interns, at least they serve up a good old dwarf tossing story every few days. Have at it, boys!

He still looks like a penguin awaiting his morning feeding.

July 31, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As much as we like to bash the interns, at least they serve up a good old dwarf tossing story every few days. Have at it, boys!

Compared to the Buttgoblin I actually like the Leafs.

July 31, 2013  08:42 AM ET

I like how they have "encouraging" in quotations. He's a modern day Al Capone.

July 31, 2013  08:45 AM ET

"Bettman pushing expansion to Seattle"

I'd be a lot happier if the headline read: "Bettman pushing Coyotes to Seattle"

July 31, 2013  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

As much as we like to bash the interns, at least they serve up a good old dwarf tossing story every few days. Have at it, boys!

Not often enough, if you were to ask me.

July 31, 2013  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"Bettman pushing expansion to Seattle"I'd be a lot happier if the headline read: "Bettman pushing Coyotes to Seattle"

I'd be happoer if it read:
Fans pushing Bettman off a cliff

July 31, 2013  08:53 AM ET

expansion??? expansion?

I'd love to have heard that meeting:
Bettman; Renfield....how can I ruin the game more than I already have?
Renfield; Well sir, you can always dilute the product even more than you already have...it's practically see-through now....and expand.
Bettman; Excellent Renfield...we'll use the olde stand-by about "non traditional markets"...those fooles always fall for that in the beginning...excellent renfield...EXCELLENT (insert diabolical, high pitched laughter here)

July 31, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

expansion??? expansion?

I'd be in favor of expansion if it included a team in Wisconsin, which is much more of a hockey hotbed than Washington.

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July 31, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'd be happoer if it read:Fans pushing Bettman off a cliff

Still one of my favourite Buttgoblin cartoons....

July 31, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'd be in favor of expansion if it included a team in Wisconsin, which is much more of a hockey hotbed than Washington.

A team using the "Frozen Tundra" as their home base?

Why not !

July 31, 2013  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Compared to the Buttgoblin I actually like the Leafs.

It's a start...we will make a be-Leaf-er out of you yet !

July 31, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'd be happoer if it read:Fans pushing Bettman off a cliff

:-)

July 31, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It's a start...we will make a be-Leaf-er out of you yet !

Like LOTF said Dave, "It's all relative."

July 31, 2013  09:26 AM ET

"Finding a solid ownership group"

Looks like there's no hope.

July 31, 2013  09:28 AM ET

It boggles the mind that even this idiot would consider expansion a good idea.

July 31, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

"Finding a solid ownership group"Looks like there's no hope.

easier than finding and intelligent commisioner

July 31, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

expansion??? expansion?I'd love to have heard that meeting:Bettman; Renfield....how can I ruin the game more than I already have?Renfield; Well sir, you can always dilute the product even more than you already have...it's practically see-through now....and expand.Bettman; Excellent Renfield...we'll use the olde stand-by about "non traditional markets"...those fooles always fall for that in the beginning...excellent renfield...EXCELLENT (insert diabolical, high pitched laughter here)

Exactly! When the Iron Curtain fell there was an influx of talent from Eastern Europe which meant that the NHL was able to put a few more decent teams on the ice. Now they are even thinning out that pool.

 
July 31, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

It boggles the mind that even this idiot would consider expansion a good idea.

It seems that someone in Seattle has Buttgoblin in their back pocket.

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