Wayne Gretzky joins group hoping to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle, updates on the Predators and Penguins, the NHL is healthier than ever in America, while the KHL is less threatening to the NHL than it used to be. 

Wayne Gretzky joins group hoping to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle.

Wayne Gretzky joins group hoping to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle.

NEW YORK POST: NHL legend Wayne Gretzky has joined a group hoping to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The biggest obstacle to Seattle getting an NHL team via expansion or relocation is the current lack of an arena capable of supporting an NHL franchise. Still, having Gretzky among those stumping to bring the NHL to Seattle certainly won’t hurt. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper explores the reasons why the top NHL free agents are snubbing the Nashville Predators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cooper does a fine job explaining the Predators inability to attract top stars. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to re-sign restricted free agent forward Brandon Sutter to a long-term extension.

CBS SPORTS: Chris Peters observes the NHL has never been healthier in the United States. The league is enjoying rec0rd-high revenues and growing TV ratings, the number of American stars is growing, fourteen American-based clubs had attendance last season in excess of 95 percent, while the outdoor games have proven a huge hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL still has a few trouble spots to address in some of its American markets, but overall the game is undeniably healthier now in America than at any point in its history. 

SPORTSNET.CA: Chris Johnston observes the KHL is less of a threat to the NHL now, if it ever was a serious threat.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t surprise me. For years I’ve said the KHL was no serious threat to the NHL’s supremacy over professional hockey. 

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