According to an article at the Seattle Times, the NHL and potential Seattle investors have been negotiating behind the scenes about expansion fees. (thanks to gstommylee for the heads up). Here is a passage.
Sources say there have been negotiations between the league and potential ownership groups in Seattle about the cost of expansion fees. To the point where the NHL and local officials could be prepared to make some type of announcement shortly after the Olympic Games in Sochi conclude - at a time the NHL hopes nationwide interest in its sport will be at a high point.
I don't know how much stock to put in this story, but it's an encouraging rumor, to say the least.
Let the MOU arguments ensue and let us dare to dream once more. Discuss.