Emeralds, Totems emerge as early favorites for Seattle team name

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With the NHL seemingly on track to award an expansion franchise to Seatlle in the coming years, Bodog has released the odds for the potential team names.

The early favorite is the Emeralds, a nod to the city's nickname, followed by the Totems, the name of Seattle's minor pro hockey team from 1958-74. Rainiers was the name of a minor-league baseball team.

Here's a look at the top 12 options:

Team Name Odds
Emeralds 9-2
Totems 6-1
Rainiers 13-2
Evergreens 8-1
Kraken 8-1
Renegades 8-1
Sea Lions 8-1
Firebirds  19-2
Cougars 10-1
Eagles 10-1
Seals 11-1
Whales 11-1

(Odds courtesy: Bodog)