The Maloofs, have said that they want to buy another sports team. Sports that were mentioned are MLB, and NHL. Obviously there's already a Baseball team, The Mariners, but there isn't a hockey team, yet. The new Seattle arena deal that hasn't went through yet would "Accommodate a NBA and NHL team".
More then likely, this is me just rambling, but at least it makes sense.
Word around the street is, Maloofs have been having financial trouble. This isn't news to anyone. As of right now, and probably for the rest of their lives, Maloofs, can bring a Championship to Sacramento and I think we would all still hate them. Maloofs are basically black balled from Sacramento. Sell the Kings for a top dollar, bring a Hockey team to Sacramento, Not going to work. I don't think the NHL market is big enough in Sacramento to support a NHL team. I would love a NHL team in Sacramento, but I might be alone on this. I can't find the article right now, as I read it about a year ago, the post explained how The NHL is gaining in popularity in the US. Sacramento was actually on the list as one of the City's that the NHL is growing in popularity, but It wasn't close to the top. What was close, if not #1 on the list? Yep, Seattle.
Sell the Kings for a top dollar to Seattle, still have a small % of ownership in the Kings, Build a new arena that can accommodate a NHL team, have some new billionaire buddies that can help be apart of buying or bringing an NHL expansion team to Seattle.
Like I said, more then likely the Maloofs are in really bad financial troubles, but the scenario does make sense.