To expand upon what we posted earlier today about the NHL wanting to expand to SeattleProHockeyTalk is reporting that Chris McGowan, president/CEO of the NBA’s Trail Blazers, confirmed that Paul Allen is “intrigued” by the idea of owning an NHL club in Portland.

The city of Portland was reportedly in the mix for the Coyotes if they were to relocate from Phoenix. According to McGowan, Allen is interested in adding an NHL club to his pro team portfolio, which includes the NBA’s Blazers, the NFL’s Seahawks and the Sounders of the MLS.
To stir speculation more NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has since said that the league is “very intrigued by the Pacific Northwest” and “to the extent expansion comes into the picture or relocation is needed, I’m sure the Pacific Northwest is going to get serious consideration.”

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