Feature: Remembering the birth of the Sharks, Senators, Lightning, Mighty Ducks, and Panthers

Cam Lewis
June 20 2017 10:17AM

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For the first time since the 2000-01 season, the National Hockey League will welcome the birth of a new franchise — The Vegas Golden Knights. Earlier this week, each team submitted a list of seven forwards, three defencemen, and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie to be protected from Vegas. On Wednesday, the team that the Golden Knights selected will be revealed.

What can we expect from this new franchise? In the 1990s, the NHL welcomed the birth of nine new teams, the San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Minnesota Wild, to the fold with varying degrees of success.

Though the circumstances are quite different, we can learn a lot from these nine teams on what works and what doesn’t when breaking into the league as a brand new franchise. Let’s start with what can be learned from San Jose, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida, and Anaheim, who joined the league between 1991 and 1993.

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Because It's The Cap: Anaheim Ducks Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
June 15 2017 08:00AM

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For the first time since 2013, the Anaheim Ducks won a Game 7 on home ice, knocking out the Edmonton Oilers in the second round to reach the Western Conference Final for the second time in three seasons. So they made it over one hump, but unfortunately, they weren't able to get over the other. The Nashville Predators, for the second year in a row, took down the Ducks in the playoffs, this time en route to their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance. 

All in all, it was a good season for the Ducks. Obviously the goal for a team with three core players in their early 30s is a Stanley Cup, but reaching the Conference Final is no small feat. Now the Ducks will head into an offseason with some major challenges as they try to maximize the value of their assets before the Vegas Golden Knights can take advantage. 

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No Movement Clause Expansion Draft Thread

Cam Lewis
June 13 2017 10:36AM

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June 12 was the deadline for teams to ask to players to waive their No Movement Clauses to be exposed to Vegas in the expansion draft. Players have until June 16 to accept or deny. 

Here's a list of every player with a NMC with up-to-date information in regards to their status. This article will be continually updates as news comes in. 

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Because It's The Cap: Edmonton Oilers Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
June 13 2017 08:00AM

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The Edmonton Oilers enjoyed a massive improvement from 2015-16 to 2016-17, jumping a whopping 33 points in the standings and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. A full season of Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom coupled with added depth around the lineup in the form of Milan Lucic, Adam Larsson, and Kris Russell helped transform the Oilers from basement-dwelling joke into a playoff team. 

Now that the organization's decade of darkness is over, it's time to take the next step forward — Stanley Cup contention. Oilers fans, and the organization as a whole, were thrilled with what the team accomplished this year, but simply reaching the second round of the playoffs and injecting some excitement into Edmonton isn't going to cut it again in 2017-18.  

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Because It's The Cap: San Jose Sharks Offseason Preview

Cam Lewis
June 10 2017 09:00AM

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The San Jose Sharks have a Jumbo decision to make this summer. Both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, the faces of the Sharks' franchise over the past decade, are set to hit unrestricted free agency in July. They're still productive players at 37 years of age, as Thornton and Marleau finished fourth and fifth respectively in team scoring last season, but after a first round playoff exit at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers, it's time to wonder if the Sharks should move into the future. 

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