(1090 The Fan) — The NBA isn’t coming back to Seattle just yet, but now there’s word a hockey team could be playing at KeyArena as soon as next season.

According to kirotv.com, the NHL is talking about bringing a team to Seattle if a deal can’t be made to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona. KING 5‘s Chris Daniels reports Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn acknowledged Sunday he’s talked with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

The NHL, which owns the Coyotes, is trying to sell to an Arizona-based group. If that deal doesn’t work out, the team could be sold to an investor group that might move the team to Seattle, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The NHL board of governors meets on June 27, and the CBC reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants an agreement in place by then. Bettman says the league wants the Coyotes to stay in Glendale, but there is also speculation the team could move to Quebec City.

The current arena deal in Seattle requires an NBA team to be secured before construction can begin, according to kirotv.com, and it’s unclear whether arena construction could begin with only the acquisition of an NHL team.

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