It's quite possible Seattle was already the front-runner to land the next NHL franchise either through relocation or expansion. But the Maloof family's decision to sell the Sacramento Kings to Chris Hansen's Seattle group could both strengthen Seattle's case while adding a new concern.
According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Seattle group will file for NBA relocation before March 1 with the intent of playing next season in Seattle. The sale still needs to be approved by the NBA's board of governors.
So what does that mean for the NHL's future in Seattle?
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