Last week, NHL great Jeremy Roenick was in Seattle, kicking the tires on a potential expansion franchise. A source close to the discussions claims Roenick wants to be a “front man” for any team, and there may be as many as three groups working to bring an NHL team to Seattle.One part owner, and familiar face in Seattle, has heard the rumblings.“I believe the NHL will work very, very well in Seattle,” said Tod Leiweke, the former Seahawks, Sounders, and Portland Trailblazers CEO. He’s now running the day-to-day operations of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, and is a minority investor in the franchise. He sat in on the meeting this afternoon.“Hockey will work in Seattle,” he says bluntly after the meeting wrapped up at the hotel Monday. He says the league has taken notice of the fan support for the Seahawks, and Sounders in particular, and that it could be a selling point for any expansion franchise.
I think there is something to the Quebec report. The likely owner for the franchise, Pierre Karl Peladeau, mentioned the other day that he has had talks with the NHL and with the new arena already being built, it just makes too much sense.