King County Executive Dow Constantine had this to say in regards to the meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman:
"I want to thank Commissioner Bettman for flying out to see us. I was pleased to have the chance to meet with him in my office, and to reiterate our strong interest in bringing NHL hockey to King County.”
This is not an "Abandon all hope ye who enter here..." type of response by Dow. A lot of work is still being done.
And these from Sonics Arena's Twitter:
@NW_Basketball Dream nowhere near over. Still all here, still committed. Believe.— Sonics Arena (@sonicsarena) May 16, 2014
@douglasjtaylor We're not going anywhere. Just have to be quiet now and then.— Sonics Arena (@sonicsarena) May 16, 2014
This is far from over, but it is, was, and will be a long process. Keep your heads up.
Update: And now there is this too -