By Joshua Clipperton The Canadian Press Mon., June 4, 2018 WASHINGTON—The original Washington Capitals were just hoping to avoid more embarrassment. Saddled with an ugly 0-37-0 road record late into their appalling first season, the Capitals travelled to Oakland for a game against the California Golden Seals when something miraculous happened. They won. “We took the garbage pail and we signed it,” former Washington defenceman Jack Lynch recalled in a recent phone interview. “That was our Stanley Cup. “As sad as that was, it really was a fun moment.” Article Continued Below It was one of very few for the 1974-75 Capitals. Unlike the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who trailed the present-day Capitals 2-1 heading into Monday night’s crucial Game 4 of this season’s best-of-seven Cup final, Washington’s original incarnation was set up to fail on the ice from the start. Abe Pollin paid a relative pittance of $6 … [Read more...] about Capitals know other side of NHL expansion life
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Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) celebrates his score with center Jonathan Marchessault (81) and left wing James Neal (18) during overtime in Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif, Monday, April 30, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_VerduzcoVegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee at a press conference at City National Arena in Las Vegas on Monday, May 21, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotographVegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee at a press conference at City National Arena in Las Vegas on Monday, May 21, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotographVegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee at a press conference at City National Arena in Las Vegas on Monday, May 21, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotographGolden Knights center William Karlsson (71) waits for the puck to drop before a face off during game four … [Read more...] about NHL teams credit Knights for circumventing expansion draft rules
After more than a year of speculation, NHL teams on Sunday revealed their protected lists for Wednesday's expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights.From the Blackhawks perspective, there were no surprises in whom they left vulnerable.Center Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk were the most notable names the Hawks left unprotected among players under contract for next season or beyond. The Hawks would like to shed the contract of Kruger, who carries a salary-cap hit of about $3.1 million.According to the draft rules, the Knights must select one player from every team and the Hawks had to protect any players with no-movement clauses in their contracts. Those players accounted for eight of the 11 the Hawks protected.The Hawks protected seven forwards, three defensemen and goaltender Corey Crawford.The forwards were Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov, Richard Panik, Ryan Hartman and Tomas Jurco. The defensemen were Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and … [Read more...] about Marcus Kruger, Trevor van Riemsdyk among Blackhawks left unprotected in expansion draft
After Bill Foley agreed to pay a whopping $500 million for the right to put a hockey team in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the NHL decided his Vegas Golden Knights deserved a chance for a swift return on that investment. If the other NHL owners had known just how huge Foley’s reward would be – and how incredibly quickly he would get it – they probably wouldn’t have been quite so nice to the new guy. It’s too late now, though. After reaping a bonanza from one of the most generous expansion drafts in sports history, the Golden Knights are two victories away from an unbelievable Stanley Cup Final berth. A brand-new team in a league that has been around for 101 years already has a Pacific Division title, two playoff series victories and a 2-1 lead on the Winnipeg Jets in the Western Conference finals. “I don’t think anybody saw us here,” Vegas goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said. “It’s been a lot of fun to be part of it. Really proud … [Read more...] about Vegas’ wild playoff run built from expansion draft bonanza
By now, long-suffering hockey fans in Buffalo must be cringing while watching the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sabres never won a Stanley Cup and for years have been an abject failure, and along comes an expansion team that marches from the desert to the conference finals in its first season. Vegas has become the darling of the NHL, a wonderful tale about a team that came together with just the right players under just the right circumstances and overachieved by any measure. The Knights refused to buckle to expectations, that they would take their lumps and struggle for years like expansion teams before them. Since the Original Six doubled in size in 1967-68, every expansion team finished with a losing record in its first season. The Knights ran away with the Pacific Division this season with a 51-24-7 record, swept Los Angeles in the first round of the postseason and dismissed San Jose in six games in the second round. It happens once every 50 years. The only two other teams to win two … [Read more...] about Bucky Gleason: Any chance NHL can hold expansion draft for Buffalo?