The National Hockey League is proposing a realignment plan that would see the league move from six divisions to four, arranged mostly by time zone, and call for divisional playoffs instead of the current conference playoff system.
Hockey? Who cares, right? Well, interestingly, the proposed plan would leave eight teams each in the two most eastern divisions, but only seven teams each in the two divisions furthest west. But most league observers expect those numbers to be evened up by adding two expansion teams—the perfect opportunity to plug a new Seattle franchise smack dab between Vancouver and San Jose in the seven-team Pacific division.
No rush, because we don't have a new arena yet, and we don't even have an ownership group that we know of. But if the NHL is intent on expanding on the West Coast, Seattle is the obvious place to go.