The NHL Board of Governors will vote on whether or not to allow Seattle to build an expansion franchise to join the NHL by the 2020-21 or 2021-22 season.
SEA ISLAND, Ga. -- The NHL Board of Governors is scheduled to vote on Seattle's expansion franchise application Tuesday.
The Board reconvenes Tuesday to vote on the Seattle expansion application. It's possible the League will be able to give a firm start date for the franchise if it is approved. The team could start as early as the 2020-21 season, but it's more likely it would begin in the 2021-22 season.
Tied to the expansion application vote is the division realignment that would be necessary to bring Seattle into the Pacific Division, which currently has eight teams. The Central Division has seven teams.
Realignment wouldn't go into effect until Seattle's first season.
"If we're going to do a realignment, it's only in the context of expansion," Commissioner Bettman said. "We're not envisioning anything broader than that."