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July 25th, 2020 After 55 years of expansions, the National Hockey League will have grown from the Original Six teams to 32 clubs by the time the 2021-22 season begins. The league finally got the process right by the time they welcomed in the Vegas Golden Knights (2016-17). The new team immediately had success and...
NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Penguins, Lightning, Kraken, More

NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Penguins, Lightning, Kraken, More

July 24th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, Columbus Blue Jackets' coach John Tortorella is not happy with his team and explains why. In Pittsburgh, there are questions about who starts in goal and the GM has an opinion that might not match the coach. Who will the Tampa Bay Lightning be forced to trade and...

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May 22nd, 2020
Seattle Kraken

For the second time in four years, the National Hockey League is preparing for an expansion draft. In 2017, the league went through the process with the Vegas Golden Knights. Now, they will prepare for 2021 when the 32nd NHL team based in Seattle will hold their draft. Related: Boston Bruins' Coaching History Teams are in the process of making their list of who they will protect and who they will have to expose and risk losing. The Boston Bruins have plenty of young defensemen who could be intriguing to Seattle general manager Ron Francis and who could be available in a year for his choosing. Who the Bruins Should Protect Torey Krug's contract expires at the end of this season. With that said, two young Boston blueliners who should top the list of protected players are Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. Boston Bruins' Charlie McAvoy (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michael Dwyer, File) McAvoy struggled at the beginning of the 2019-20 season, but his play since the All-Star...
April 24th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft was relatively painless. While the Vegas Golden Knights built a Stanley Cup contender using leverage granted by the NHL, the Lightning managed to navigate the tricky situation relatively well, ridding themselves of Jason Garrison's contract by offering up Nikita Gusev, a 2017 second-round selection and a 2018 fourth-rounder. While that's wasn't an inexpensive move, it was necessary to clear needed cap space while moving on from Garrison who was no longer viable for a 'win-now' Lightning organization. While the Tampa Bay Lightning arranged for the Vegas Golden Knights to select Jason Garrison at the expansion draft, he only went on to play in 8 games with the expansion franchise. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan) With the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft approximately a year away, the Lightning will soon need to navigate another tough situation. With a wealth of talent, which player could the Lightning lose? Tyler...
April 19th, 2020
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This article was originally published here at THW in December 2014. We look at some options for new Seattle NHL team names, a more difficult task than days gone by. Sports back in Grandpa's heyday were so much easier than they are today. Case in point: team monikers. Back then, franchise names were so simple, so logical that they rolled right off the tongue. The NFL started with foundational teams such as the Bears, Packers and Cardinals; baseball began with franchises like the Reds, Pirates and Braves. Even basketball had simple, easily digestible initial team nicknames like Celtics, Warriors and Pistons. Certainly, there were the occasional ones explained only by the bygone anachronisms of yesteryear such as the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers and the Philadelphia Sphas ("Spha" stood for South Philadelphia Hebrew Association, with its players primarily Jewish). For the most part, however, the names just made sense. Hockey was no different. The NHL's 'Original Six'...
April 14th, 2020
Seattle Kraken

A quick internet search of "Historic Recurrence" gives inquiring minds a shovelful of philosophical theories from those old-timey Greeks such as Polybius and Dionysius. And some great thinkers later on -- Machiavelli and Nietzsche, among many -- picked up on those same vibes leading to the perception that world events years apart can be strikingly similar. Related: Old School NHL Jerseys - Gone But Not Forgotten In the sports world, this repeating of history was quite apparent not long before the COVID-19 pandemic health crisis shut down all sporting activity. The Houston (insert a more negative nickname here) Astros were found, in 2019, to be cheaters. Most serious baseball fans are reminded often that, 100 years earlier, the Chicago (Black Sox) were conspiring in skulduggery much like the Astros of 2017, placing a permanent stain on the grandeur of the game. There are other examples that don't pop out at you. For instance, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in...
April 10th, 2020
Winnipeg Jets

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets are going to face some difficult decisions when the time comes to submit their protection list for the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft. Related: Jets’ Free Agents: Who Stays & Who Goes The Jets have more talent and depth in their group of forwards that will need protecting this time around, compared to the 2017 Vegas Expansion Draft, and it could prove costly come June 2021. While the main core will be protected – that is no secret – the Jets are likely to lose a young, up-and-coming depth piece. It's the reality of the situation, and every team faces it, but it still sucks. 2017 NHL Expansion Draft Recap NHL teams had two options in 2017 and that will stay the same for the 2021 Expansion Draft. They can choose to protect seven forwards, three defencemen, and one goalie, or they can protect eight skaters and one goalie. Only seven teams chose to protect eight skaters and one goalie in 2017, likely because...
April 4th, 2020
Seattle Kraken

It seems like just yesterday that we were playing around with the CapFriendly Expansion Draft simulator in anticipation of the Vegas Golden Knights entering the National Hockey League during the 2017 offseason, but yet another such occurrence is right around the corner. The yet-to-be-named Seattle franchise, which will begin play in 2021-22, will draft its players in mid-to-late June of 2021, which is less than 15 months from now. Ron Francis, the general manager of the Seattle NHL franchise. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) The Arizona Coyotes had a relatively easy time during the expansion process the first time around - they had a young roster with many exempt players, and, as such, were not in danger of losing a key player to then-Vegas general manager George McPhee. This time, though, there will likely be some tough decisions to be made. Recapping the 2017 Expansion In 2017, the Coyotes had just wrapped up their third consecutive losing season - the...