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10 Potential Names for a New Seattle NHL Franchise

10 Potential Names for a New Seattle NHL Franchise

April 19th, 2020 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,...
Deja Flu: Pandemic Wiped Out the 1919 Seattle-Montreal Stanley Cup Final

Deja Flu: Pandemic Wiped Out the 1919 Seattle-Montreal Stanley Cup Final

April 14th, 2020 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...

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March 17th, 2020
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With all the exciting things that happen in the NHL day in and day out, it is sometimes hard to remember that there will be a new NHL franchise in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. Although an official date for the Seattle Expansion Draft has yet to be announced, the Vegas Golden Knights had theirs on the day of the NHL awards on June 21, 2017. Their first season began that same year, so we can expect the draft to be around the same date in 2021. This means that the Calgary Flames will have to start preparing for who they will both protect and leave exposed. Related: Flyers Won't Get so Lucky in Next Expansion Draft Before the Golden Knights' first NHL season, almost everyone predicted them to struggle. Many of the players they picked were considered castoffs, but we now know that wasn't the case. Then-general manager George McPhee and his scouting staff did a tremendous job, picking up several players who had strong seasons and helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final....
March 16th, 2020
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The NHL is one season away from Seattle and their general manager Ron Francis stepping up to a podium and making their selections in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. Related: NHL Expansion Draft Rules and Regulations This exercise is to project and predict protections and exposures as well as to share possible expansion strategies based on the approach taken by GM Marc Bergevin with the recent 2017 Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Draft.  Ron Francis, NHL Seattle's first general manager (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Note, the draft is still a full year away, and the roster can still change between now and the expansion draft. This is built as a fun exercise to distract as well as better understand the mechanisms of the draft and strategies to approach it. Also, due to the NHL being paused, now was as good a time as any to do this and distract ourselves. Draft Rules The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft will follow the same rules as the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. Players...
March 14th, 2020
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The Seattle Expansion Draft will take place next summer and it will be the second such event since 2017. The Vancouver Canucks have important decisions to make regarding which players they will protect going into the draft. In the 2017 Expansion Draft, the Canucks lost Luca Sbisa to the Vegas Golden Knights. In 2021, they will have a few tough calls to make regarding the players they will choose to protect. Protected Players in 2017 Expansion Draft In the 2017 Expansion Draft, the Canucks protected Sven Baertschi, Loui Eriksson, Markus Granlund, Bo Horvat, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Brandon Sutter as their seven forwards. Among the seven forwards, Horvat, Eriksson, and Sutter remain with the main roster while Baertschi has been playing with the AHL's Utica Comets this season. The Sedin twins have retired and Granlund signed with the Edmonton Oilers this past offseason and is playing with their AHL team now. Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, Jan. 12, 2017...
March 7th, 2020
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The Philadelphia Flyers caught somewhat of a break in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft when the Vegas Golden Knights selected Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. No team, except of course the expansion team, comes out of an expansion draft better than than they were when they entered. That being said, these other teams can seek to limit the damage by prudently selecting their protect lists or even sending assets to the expansion team for "expansion considerations." Although many teams were unable to do this, the Flyers found a way. They crafted their protected list in such a way that all they lost was Bellemare. However, it will be difficult to protect all of the team's assets during the Seattle expansion. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Sure, Bellemare was an alternate captain for the Flyers and a well-liked teammate. And yes, he also ate up time on the penalty kill and carried a low cap hit. Nonetheless, he was a 32-year-old, fourth-line center, who unsurprisingly provided little offensive...
February 25th, 2020
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When the new Seattle expansion franchise starts searching for their first head coach, they will have lots of names to choose from. In THW's first edition of the versus series, we take a look at two of those names in former Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau and former Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant. They are both experienced coaches in the NHL, but who would ultimately be the best fit for a team just starting their journey in the league? We are here to find out! So without further ado, let's get this fight underway! Round One - NHL Experience Bruce Boudreau Boudreau has certainly been around the block a few times in the NHL from his first coaching job with the Washington Capitals to his latest post with the Wild. In all, he's coached a total of 984 games, winning 567 times in that span. That places him 22nd on the all-time list and 10th amongst active head coaches. He's only missed the postseason twice in his career, coaching two very successful...
February 18th, 2020
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NHL Seattle is still over a year and a half away from putting a product on the ice. The organization and its fans need to exercise patience in waiting for milestones and then building toward Stanley Cup winners. Such milestones include building the arena, hiring the coaching staff, the initial entry draft, and finally Seattle’s first game. The overwhelming talk amongst fans has been focused on when Seattle will release their team name. If fans are this impatient over a team name, how impatient are they going to be to hoist the Stanley Cup? Seattle’s Team Name In the span between the awarding of the NHL’s 32nd franchise on Dec. 4, 2018, and puck drop for the initial 2021-22 season, there are big gaps with no news. What better to fill the void than rumors involving the team name? Related: What's in a Name? NHL's Original Six This is an area where the team has been stringing fans along for months, making it ripe for alleged leaks and rumors. The long list of...