NHL expansion discussion resumes (poll) - LA Kings Insider

A quick note before I head into several meetings and appointments on what may be a slower-than-usual Thursday:

The NHL is on the verge of opening up its expansion process. The expected fee for an expansion team is $500 million – one of the factors why the NHL appears so hesitant to relocate any current team – with an application fee of one million (but may inflate as high as $10 million, according to the Seattle Times).

At this point, league expansion to Las Vegas appears all but certain, which would provide the Kings an immediate rival and another sorely needed team within the regional footprint of the loosely constellated Pacific Division. After Las Vegas, the landscape is more complicated. Quebec City’s new arena is ready, and Quebecor has made it clear that it has interest in bidding for a franchise. There is no new arena in Seattle, nor has there been any change to the memorandum of understanding between the city, King County and developer Chris Hansen that stipulates a new arena can only be built if an NBA team has already been secured via relocation or expansion. Ray Bartoszek is expected to submit an application on behalf of his privately financed plan to secure a team and build an arena in the southern Seattle suburb of Tukwila as part of a rival plan. Kansas City is not in the mix, and Milwaukee is also probably out as well.

The greater Toronto area will likely draw a look, though:

At least one Toronto-area group plans to contact the National Hockey League in the near future regarding the efforts to land a second team to the self-proclaimed Centre of the Hockey Universe.

GTA Sports and Entertainment CEO Graeme Roustan, who has been attempting to construct an 18,000-plus seat arena in the Markham area for several years, confirmed Wednesday night that his organization definitely will pursue the opportunity .

“I’d say that in the coming days we intend to reach out to the league about bringing another NHL franchise to southern Ontario,” Roustan said in a phone interview with Postmedia Network.

Sports Illustrated: Steep fee, deadline narrows list of potential new teams
Puck Daddy: Possible Las Vegas NHL arena takes shape in construction (Photos)
Puck Daddy: Proctor, Minnesota wants its own NHL expansion team
Seattle Times: NHL expansion now 3-stage process; first deadline is July 20

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.