Will Seattle have an NHL team soon? Expansion may be coming to the NHL sooner than expected. With the Coyotes staying in Phoenix, Gary Bettman is reportedly pushing for Seattle to get the next NHL team. Mitch Levy, a talk show host on KJR in Seattle, reported that Bettman is "encouraging the board of governors to make an expansion team available to Seattle." The team would enter the league for the 2014-2015 season. The short of it is: I'm hearing that the NHL Commish is encouraging the board of governors to make an expansion team available to Seattle. — mitch levy (@kjrmitch) July 31, 2013 If approved, the new expansion Seattle NHL club would cost approximately $275M. It would begin playing here in the 2014-2015 season. — mitch levy (@kjrmitch) July 31, 2013 Bettman has already had a meeting with Seattle mayor Mike McGinn about an NHL team coming to Seattle. "I let him know of the situation here, and that we were supportive of brining the NHL to Seattle," McGinn told King 5 in June. 'We have Key Arena, so we talked about the potential of them being in Key Arena while we continue to work on a new arena plan." The new arena may be key to getting the NHL to Seattle. The city already has a deal in place to build a new arena but that hinges on whether the NBA returns to the Northwest as well. A team in Seattle would be an instant rival to the Vancouver Canucks and give the Western Conference 15 teams. Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.