Originally Posted by Jimmy M
Not good for Vancouver but good news for Seattle, heard there is lots of money behind this group and they are also looking for an NHL franchise
It's most likely going to be the Kings. Hansen will make the Maloofs an offer that they can't refuse and the NBA, feeling pressure from letting the Sonics move in the first place, will allow it but will talk up Sacramento as leading candidate for relocation or expansion.
This is almost a blessing in disguise if Sacramento indeed gets a new team. The Maloofs have burnt every bridge imagineable in Sacramento and the fans feel like they're following a lame duck team. A new owner and new team, with the King name and colors restored, would also revive the railyards arena project that the Maloofs killed.
As for the NHL, I see a team going to QC before Seattle.