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Penguins’ Potential Seattle Expansion Protected List

February 6th, 2020 There are rumors abound that the Seattle Kraken will be the official name of the NHL’s 32nd team. It seems to be the popular choice by fans, but Seattle has stated they still have a decision to make with the name. They will also have many other decisions to make when it is time to select...
Seattle's Scouts Studying NHL With Focus on Expansion Draft

Seattle's Scouts Studying NHL With Focus on Expansion Draft

February 4th, 2020 SEATTLE — John Goodwin had the honour of being the first and it was a bit unnerving. He was a pro scout representing a franchise without a nickname and nearly two years away from having a roster — with an arena still under construction — and walking into an NHL arena for the first time on...

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December 15th, 2019
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Although it still feels like a long way out, the expansion draft for the NHL's Seattle franchise will take place the season after next. That's close enough that we have a better idea of who the Anaheim Ducks might leave exposed entering the expansion draft, should they still be on the roster. Seattle general manager Ron Francis (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Since it’s the time of year for lists - the naughty list, the nice list, the wish list - let’s take a look at another future list. The list of players most and least likely to be exposed in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. 7, 3, 1: The Ducks' Magic Numbers The rules of the 2021 Expansion Draft are the same as the rules from the 2017 Expansion Draft that made the Vegas Golden Knights so competitive in their first season. That means several things for Anaheim, including a decision about how many players they want to protect, and in what configuration. The options are seven forwards, three defensemen and one...
December 6th, 2019
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Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of Seattle officially being awarded an expansion franchise. The still yet to be named team has gone through a lot of development in its first year, much like their expansion brethren, the Vegas Golden Knights. Even if Vegas entered the league a few years before Seattle, they were both awarded franchises from the same expansion process of applications from the NHL, so for that reason, we’ll consider them the imperfect term of expansion brethren. Now, it should be noted that Seattle will have significantly more time to build their team than Vegas did. NHL Seattle franchise owners Jerry Bruckheimer and Tod Leiweke, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Vegas surprised the entire hockey world by being a lot better a lot quicker than anyone expected. Seattle sure has lofty expectations to live up to. Nobody is expecting them to make it to the Stanley Cup Final in their first year like the Golden Knights did, but being basement...
November 24th, 2019
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After four-plus seasons as the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Mike Babcock was fired on Nov. 20. The team is coming off three consecutive first-round postseason exits and have looked flat, and at times, lifeless out of the gate in 2019. It's becoming increasingly clear that the relationship between Babcock and the rest of the franchise -- both on the ice and in the front office -- had run its course. Mike Babcock's tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs came to an abrupt end last week (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov) Early last season, longtime Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville lost his job after several seasons of steady regression. Of course, his name immediately popped up in rumors across the league regarding head coaching vacancies, both in-season and beyond. This season, Quenneville finds himself back behind an NHL bench, this time for the Florida Panthers. Mike Babcock will be no different. His name has already begun making the rounds...
November 20th, 2019
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Ron Francis spoke at a conference in downtown Toronto this week a few blocks from where NHL general managers were holding one of their annual meetings. The GM on the league's 32nd franchise in Seattle, Francis won't be welcomed into the room until ownership makes its final expansion payment in the spring of 2021. That's probably just as well. He's got plenty on his plate already. Francis was hired in July and currently has a skeleton staff as he works to build everything from a scouting department, databases and an expansion draft board. The Hall of Fame centre is also involved in meetings on suite and ticket sales, marketing and community events, and arena construction with NHL Seattle president and CEO Tod Leiweke. "When you look at it, it's kind of daunting," Francis said at the Primetime sports management conference. "But it's a very rewarding feeling to go through the process." Francis has six professional scouts at the...
October 23rd, 2019
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SEATTLE — Now that he is a couple months into the job, Ron Francis has gained a little more appreciation for the task he signed up for. The easy decision for the 56-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer would have been to take a consulting or scouting gig, keep his family settled in North Carolina and avoided the kind of challenge that may eventually define his post-playing career. "It's not every day you get to build something from scratch, especially in professional sports," said Francis, the general manager of Seattle's expansion NHL franchise. "You've got a blank canvas, you have the opportunity to build it, create your own culture how you want things to run." Early, but Vital Time for Seattle Francis is in the infancy of his tenure as Seattle's GM. He was hired in July, more than two years before Seattle will play its first NHL game. For now, Seattle's hockey brain trust consists primarily of three people: Francis, assistant general manager Ricky Olczyk and director of...
October 16th, 2019
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Seattle's expansion NHL franchise released initial pricing for club seats with details on general ticket prices coming in 2020. The team says club seats will each cost between $285 and $355 based on a 44-game season ticket package. The club seats will be on three-, five- or seven-year terms. The team will have 2,600 club seats in its new arena. Fans who left deposits will begin selecting seats soon. Aside from club seats, the team said 80% of the suites in the arena have already been sold. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center left, holds a jersey after the NHL Board of Governors announced Seattle as the league's 32nd franchise, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Sea Island Ga.. Joining Bettman, from left to right, is Jerry Bruckheimer, David Bonderman, David Wright, Tod Leiweke and Washington Wild youth hockey player Jaina Goscinski. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton) The team says general seats will start at $50 per game and there will be some single-game tickets starting at...