Nervous Calgary Flames fans are back on edge again.
The City of Seattle has reached a deal with a group to renovate KeyArena by as early as October 2020 and launch an NHL team for the 2020-21 season.
Seattle council has approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group, which will do $600 million in privately-funded upgrades.
With the deal in place, the NHL is expected to make a franchise announcement and the Calgary Flames have come up again.
Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s morning show host Dean ‘Boomer’ Molberg said talk of the Flames moving at all in this discussion is a big deal.
“My belief is there is a very slim possibility (the move), but as long as there is no rink deal here and these two (the City of Calgary and Calgary Sports and Entertainment) are at this standoff that they’re at, you’re going to hear these kinds of stories,” he said.
It’s hard to know if this will spur discussions on a new arena deal between the City of Calgary and the Flames.
“It seems like it’s a different ball game in the U.S. for a lot of these owners, they’re able to put so much money in,” said Molberg.
But he said there’s no way the NHL wants to leave Calgary.
“There are some trouble spots in the National Hockey League,” said Molberg. “There were hardly any people in Florida last night to watch the Panthers game. The Arizona situation, if they don’t get a new rink downtown they’re going to need possibly a new home. Carolina is always is a state of flux.”
Another possibility is an expansion franchise be placed in Seattle.