The group looking to bring an NHL team to Seattle will have to wait a little longer to get the rubber stamp.

It's long been thought conditional approval for an expansion franchise in the Emerald City could come at the Board of Governors meetings next month. But NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says that plan has changed.

“Is it going to be on the June agenda? No," he told Tim Booth and Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press. "After that, could it be September? Could it be the annual meeting in December? It’s possible.”

Back in March, as Tim Leiweke's Oak View Group (along with investors David Bonderman and Jerry Bruckheimer) celebrated a successful ticket drive, both Leiweke and Bruckheimer mentioned the June meetings as the next hurdle to clear. However, Bettman told the AP this week the league is going to take its time.