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NHL Notebook: Francis on Seattle; Draisaitl and McDavid's Scorching Stretch

NHL Notebook: Francis on Seattle; Draisaitl and McDavid's Scorching Stretch

November 20th, 2019 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...
Ron Francis Diving Right in as NHL GM in Seattle

Ron Francis Diving Right in as NHL GM in Seattle

October 23rd, 2019 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...

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September 25th, 2019
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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...
July 30th, 2019
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Seattle’s Potential Targets: Familiarity With FrancisSeattle’s Potential Targets: Former ThunderbirdsSeattle’s Potential Targets: Homegrown TalentSeattle’s Potential Targets: Vegas Veterans Seattle Mock Expansion Draft: Win Now TeamSeattle Mock Expansion Draft: Built For FutureSeattle Mock Expansion Draft: Best Players Available Seattle’s expansion draft is still two seasons away but — through the process of conducting three mocks this month — several potential targets have emerged in the present as players of interest for 2021. These players fall into one or more of the following categories: Familiarity With Francis, Former Thunderbirds, Homegrown Talent, Vegas Veterans, and Projected UFAs. By analyzing the current NHL rosters — as well as the protected and exposed lists from those aforementioned mocks — Seattle can start to identify their potential targets two years in advance of the actual expansion draft. In the fifth and final part of...
July 27th, 2019
Seattle NHL

Seattle’s Potential Targets: Familiarity With FrancisSeattle’s Potential Targets: Former ThunderbirdsSeattle’s Potential Targets: Homegrown TalentSeattle’s Potential Targets: Projected UFAs Seattle Mock Expansion Draft: Win Now TeamSeattle Mock Expansion Draft: Built For FutureSeattle Mock Expansion Draft: Best Players Available Seattle’s expansion draft is still two seasons away but — through the process of conducting three mocks this month — several potential targets have emerged in the present as players of interest for 2021. These players fall into one or more of the following categories: Familiarity With Francis, Former Thunderbirds, Homegrown Talent, Vegas Veterans, and Projected UFAs. By analyzing the current NHL rosters — as well as the protected and exposed lists from those aforementioned mocks — Seattle can start to identify their potential targets two years in advance of the actual expansion draft. In the fourth of a five-part...
July 26th, 2019
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Seattle’s Potential Targets: Familiarity With FrancisSeattle’s Potential Targets: Former ThunderbirdsSeattle’s Potential Targets: Vegas VeteransSeattle’s Potential Targets: Projected UFAs Seattle Mock Expansion Draft: Win Now TeamSeattle Mock Expansion Draft: Built For FutureSeattle Mock Expansion Draft: Best Players Available Seattle’s expansion draft is still two seasons away but — through the process of conducting three mocks this month — several potential targets have emerged in the present as players of interest for 2021. These players fall into one or more of the following categories: Familiarity With Francis, Former Thunderbirds, Homegrown Talent, Vegas Veterans, and Projected UFAs. By analyzing the current NHL rosters — as well as the protected and exposed lists from those aforementioned mocks — Seattle can start to identify their potential targets two years in advance of the actual expansion draft. In the third of a five-part series,...