Revisiting the 2017 Vegas Expansion Draft With Then-GM George McPhee
The key to the Golden Knights acing Night 1: a year of studying made the final exam relatively easy.
Seattle Mock Expansion Draft 3.0: A Final Crack at the Kraken
Now that teams have revealed their protected lists, we have a clearer sense of what's on the menu at Seattle's hockey-player buffet. This is our final projection of how the team could look.
Why the Seattle Kraken Shape up to be an Instant Smash Hit
Their expansion predecessors left them with an extremely high bar to clear. But the Kraken should be easy to root for right away – because of their on-ice product but also their off-ice culture.
Seattle Mock Expansion Draft 2.0: Shuffle the Deck
An abbreviated NHL regular season has been played and the trade deadline has passed since the previous update, altering projections for teams' protected lists – and for the Kraken roster.
Seattle Mock Expansion Draft 1.0: Who Cracks The Kraken Roster?
This projected Kraken lineup features feisty forecheckers, expiring contracts and, of course, some Washington homecomings.
What Can Vegas' 2017 Expansion Draft Picks Tell Us About Seattle's 2021 Plan?
Much of the Golden Knights' excellent expansion draft was executed thanks to side deals and helping cap-crunched teams. With the current flat salary cap putting teams in a bind again, expect the Kraken to have a fun time with their draft, too.
The Hockey News Podcast: All-Mailbag Edition, Vol. 4
Which "bust" prospect will break out this season? What rule(s) should the NHL change? Would the all-Canadian division work on a permanent basis? And more.
The Hockey News Podcast: What's the Point of Banning Bodychecking?
Would banning hits in the OHL accomplish anything for COVID-19 safety? Is Mitchell Miller's hockey life over? Will the Kraken clean up in the expansion draft? And more.
Expansion Draft Bait: Which 2020 UFA Signings Will Tempt the Kraken?
A number of veteran free agents have signed two- or three-year contracts without no-movement clauses. Are teams setting them up as shields to keep other players from being claimed by Seattle?
Expansion Plan: Projecting Seattle’s selections at the 2021 expansion draft
With the projected protection lists for all 30 teams participating in the expansion draft complete, we take a look at which players could be selected by Seattle at the 2021 expansion draft.
Expansion Plan: Projecting the Winnipeg Jets’ protection list for the 2021 expansion draft
The Jets are lacking financial flexibility, but exposing a veteran could alleviate the cap concerns if Seattle bites. Even if they don't, though, Winnipeg has an opportunity to keep its core together, even if a difficult decision will have to be made at the bottom of the lineup.
Expansion Plan: Projecting the Washington Capitals’ protection list for the 2021 expansion draft
The Capitals have managed to keep most of the 2018 Cup team intact, but new contracts to Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby could shake things up ahead of the 2021 expansion draft.
Expansion Plan: Projecting the Vancouver Canucks' protection list for the 2021 expansion draft
The Vancouver Canucks are still rebuilding. But unlike other teams in the same situation, they're unlikely to lose an important piece, instead sitting with an opportunity to shed some salary.
Expansion Plan: Projecting the Toronto Maple Leafs’ protection list for the 2021 expansion draft
Not one of the forwards who was protected last time around remains with the franchise, but that opens up room for the Maple Leafs to keep its core together – though there is one tough decision that has to be made.
Expansion Plan: Projecting the Tampa Bay Lightning’s protection list for the 2021 expansion draft
Like any contending team, Tampa Bay is going to surrender a good player to Seattle in 2021. But will that really matter?
Expansion Plan: Projecting the St. Louis Blues’ protection list for the 2021 expansion draft
The Blues have the good fortune of being able to keep their championship-winning roster together, and if St. Louis so wishes, they might be able to keep much of the current group intact beyond the expansion draft.
Expansion Plan: Projecting the San Jose Sharks’ protection list for the 2021 expansion draft
The Sharks watched a couple of key players depart via free agency, but much of the core remains intact, and if they play their cards correctly, San Jose could come out of the expansion draft in 2021 on the right foot.
Expansion Plan: Projecting the Pittsburgh Penguins’ protection list for the 2021 expansion draft
The Penguins' roster is getting awfully thin at the bottom, but that means Pittsburgh need not worry about losing one of their stars come expansion and instead focus on keeping important secondary players.