Is Seattle the new favorite to get the Coyotes?


We always get a good response in the comments section when we write about the possibility of Seattle landing an NHL franchise. In the past, it’s always felt like a longshot, but that might be changing with the future of the Phoenix Coyotes still up in the air and many speculating it’s now or never for someone to buy the team and keep it in the desert.

After the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg, Quebec City appeared to be the favorite to get the Coyotes if the club was forced to leave Glendale. Kansas City, Las Vegas and Seattle were mentioned occasionally, but not as often as the former home of the Nordiques.

However, in yesterday’s Winnipeg Free Press, reporter Gary Lawless wrote, “Seattle is believed, at this point, to be the lead horse.”

Lawless isn’t the only reporter saying that. ESPN’s Scott Burnside made an appearance on Seattle radio yesterday and said, “You’ll hear a lot of cities come up over the next three or four months, but I think it’s interesting that Seattle, at least in my impression, has moved either to the top of that list or very near it.”

As we wrote back in December, there are lots of things Seattle’s got going for it:

—- Large metro population.

—- Plenty of rich people.

—- High-profile companies like, Starbucks and Microsoft.

—- Close enough to draw from Portland and Vancouver.

—- “Let’s do something indoors” weather during the winter.

What Seattle doesn’t have is an NHL-caliber arena. But then again, neither does Quebec City – not until 2015, and even that might be optimistic. In the meantime, KeyArena is arguably the more attractive venue for a temporary home compared to the old Colisee.

Burnside thinks playing games at KeyArena “would be entirely acceptable” while a new arena was being constructed.

Of course, that assumes the construction of a new arena in Seattle could be guaranteed before a Phoenix relocation occurs, as the NHL likely wouldn’t approve a move without that assurance. The city hired a consultant to explore a new arena in July, albeit with an eye mostly on the NBA. But surely adding an NHL team would make building an arena, whether via public or private money, a safer investment.

Related: Seattle is working hard to build an NBA/NHL arena (video)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.