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Updating Ducks' Potential Expansion Draft Exposures

Updating Ducks' Potential Expansion Draft Exposures

December 15th, 2019 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 & Golden Knights - Comparing the Expansions a Year In

Seattle & Golden Knights - Comparing the Expansions a Year In

December 6th, 2019 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...

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October 11th, 2019
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In today's Rumors rundown, will the Boston Bruins move a defenseman to add a winger? What's the latest regarding Nolan Patrick's health? Can hockey fans expect to see NHL players at the 2022 Winter Olympics? Plus, when can we expect the Seattle expansion franchise to name its head coach, and the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch has some interesting notes on the Ottawa Senators rebuild. Related: NHL Rumors: Sharks, Red Wings, Honka, More Bruins Looking to Trade a Defenseman? The Bruins have needed help at wing on the second line for several seasons now. Prior to 2018-19 Rick Nash was supposed to be that player, but he retired before the season began. The absence has left center David Krejci playing with many different wingers and none have stuck. It's resulted in the team's vaunted top line being relied on far too much while not enough offense comes from lines 2-4. In a recent Hagg Bag Mailbag, NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty received a question that listed Urho Vaakanainen...
October 2nd, 2019
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Last season, the NHL announced an expansion team would be coming to Seattle in the 2021-22 season as the NHL’s 32nd franchise. The speculation surrounding the building of the new franchise from the ground up so far has been on the expansion draft, but Seattle is going to have to establish a farm system for all the prospects that won’t be on their inaugural roster. To remedy that problem, the NHL isn’t going to be the only hockey league that’s getting an expansion team. 2019 Calder Cup logo (Courtesy AHL) On Monday, it was announced that Palm Springs would be granted an expansion franchise in the AHL, with the team serving as the top development team for Seattle. Before the team takes the ice in 2021, coinciding with Seattle’s debut, let’s take a closer look at the new franchise. It may be too early to look at them from a hockey standpoint, but we can look at whether or not the AHL was right to expand in the Palm Springs market. What Happened with...
October 1st, 2019
The Business of Hockey

NHL Business Line is back ahead of puck drop on the 2019-20 NHL regular season on Wednesday. Today's topics are headlined by the NHL's odd choice in picking Green Day to be a partner and NHL Seattle's AHL selection. On Monday the NHL made a stunning announcement with a two-year partnership with punk rock band Green Day making headlines. Per the league, the early 2000s band will provide All-Star Game entertainment as well as the new theme song for Wednesday Night Hockey. The partnership was also done in collaboration with NBC Sports who are taking a page out of their football package playbook (Sunday Night Football) in creating a theme song for their weekly broadcast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mnZirel7pw&feature=youtu.be While Green Day is a five-time Grammy-winning band that has been around for decades, the choice by the NHL is rather bizarre. Even if this partnership was made 10 years ago it would have felt a tad off. For a league that hasstarted to see...
September 25th, 2019
Seattle NHL

Seattle's expansion NHL franchise has hired former U.S. Olympic team captain Cammi Granato as a pro scout. Granato is one of a handful of women working on the hockey operations side of an NHL franchise and she is the only female pro scout currently in ...
September 23rd, 2019
The Business of Hockey

When the 2021-2022 NHL season begins, Seattle will officially have an NHL team of their own and will become the 16th team in the Western Conference, which had one less team than its Eastern brethren after the 2017 addition of the Vegas Golden Knights. Speaking of the Golden Knights, they had the most successful inaugural season of any North American professional sports team, and it wasn’t even close. While people expected a half-empty arena in the desert, assuming fans would rather hit the penny slots than watch a team destined for the basement, T-Mobile Arena welcomed standing room only crowds on a nightly basis. The fact they capped off their first season with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final helped as well, but despite everyone’s predictions, Vegas has become one of America’s greatest hockey towns. With Seattle’s arrival on the horizon, the still unnamed franchise should take some notes on what Vegas did right. Sure, articles have been written on how the expansion...
September 16th, 2019
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SEATTLE — The arena for Seattle's NHL expansion franchise remains on track to open sometime in the summer of 2021. Construction officials said Monday that the entire bowl of the former KeyArena has been demolished and excavation work is ongoing. Offici...