Yannick Tremblay catching strays in 2021
Minding his own business smh
Mildly interesting: Zdeno Chara had been playing long enough in 1999 that the Isles had to protect him for the expansion draft.
Chara was drafted in 1996 and is one of a couple current NHL players who played a game against Wayne Gretzky.
Edit: Marleau and Thornton are the other two.
[The Jackets & Wild expansion was just as terrible](https://wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_NHL_Expansion_Draft)
Holy shit, Dwayne Roloson decided to sign an AHL contract rather than join the Blue Jackets. Ouch.
The Wild and Bluejackets had to split a pool of 3rd and 4th liners and old grey hairs. Their 2nd pick was a 37 year old Mike Vernon.
The teams that joined the league in pairs really got screwed over. Not only having to comb through the rest of the league’s cast-offs but having to take turns picking from the list was brutal compared to what Vegas and Seattle have had available to them.
They passed on a BUNCH of big names. I know that some of these contracts aren't palatable, but even still, they didn't take:
Not one of them. Maybe they made a side deal but I'm surprised they passed on pretty much all these guys.
This gives Ron Francis the flexibility he needs to sign his own bad contracts.
I actually don't recognize a single name the thrashers picked. That really makes things difficult.
Some of those guys were long term NHLers but definitely not stars, like Trevor Kidd, Kelly Buchberger, Steve Staios, Mark Tinordi. Zero resemblance to Vegas or Seattle drafts though obviously
The Thrashers have a twitter account?!
It’s a fan account
Yeah as much as people hate the way the expansion draft is done now (myself included). It really is the best way to make sure a new team has the best chance to get a hold of fans early and have long term success. I don’t want to ever see a fandom have to go through losing a team again.
HAHAHA HOORAY FOR NEW TEAMS I’M SO GODDAMNED HAPPY FOR THEM.
Atlanta was really done bad by the NHL (and AOL). That town could absolutely support a hockey team. The Atlanta Spirit Group was just a shit show of an ownership though.
Man, I upvoted this *so* hard.
It frickin sucks to look at what we HAD to start with, vs. what teams like VGK and now SEA *get* to start with.
I know when joined at the same time as CBJ so it was already slim pickin's, but the rules now are way more relaxed than they were for us.
That being said I will give the VGK front office credit, they did a way better job of making side deals and signing FA's than ours did. But it still sucks to see what teams now get to start with compared to us.
We had 0 leverage to negotiate any deals in ours. Especially with no cap, 9/5/1 and having two teams involved.
Those early expansion drafts really did those teams dirty. Definitely was a mentality that you had to come into the league and take your lumps. Stupid strategy for a business sense.
The NHL finally figured out expansion.
The league, after allowing in their expansion cousins to continually struggle for years in developing markets has demonstrated that if you want success, you fucking **help** your expansion teams.
Let that new team challenge, it's drives new revenues for the league in a place that didn't have it before. Existing teams benefit from more exposure and more storylines.
It's printing money.
Its not even "competing", nobody expected vegas to be a playoff team.
It's "not guaranteed to finish bottom 5 for several seasons"
Why get good players under contract for nothing now, when you can save the cap space and hope to overpay for good players later?
Price- I get not picking him up.
Tarasenko- Y'all dumb.
tarasenko has made it clear he wants out, if Seattle wants him, they can still get him while picking up Dunn for free
Life was REALLY hard for the 4 new expansions teams (Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota, and Columbus) between 1998-2000.
A couple years, ago, Doug MacLean mentioned when he first got the unprotected-players-list in 2000 for the him and the Blue Jackets to examine for roster-building, he ["**almost got sick to his stomach**"](https://twitter.com/ReidWilkins/status/870441980630777856)
Life was hard for every expansion team prior to Vegas, all the expansion drafts in the 90s sucked too
dam i thought Brunette-Ferraro-Audette was OG
It's not like the team was founded by splitting another team in half and only getting the bad players from the split.
The NHL and Gary Bettman learned from the likes of Atlanta and Florida and have since redesigned the system to guarantee every expansion franchise from here on out is competitive right away and set up to be for a long time. (I know Florida competed for a cup soon after but look where their franchise has been since, I am a Florida fan btw).
TIL the Thrashers have an active Twitter account...
It’s a fan account run by their ex social media guy
How much did the Trashers pay into the NHL to get their team?
$80 million (same as Nashville the year earlier)
I know I'm dumb but I still can't believe they didn't take Tarasenko, Duchene, or Price. I understand contracts are in play but looking at some of those picks leaves me scratching my head. It looks like they just went for el cheapo contracts across the board.
Keep in mind it's a flat cap, not getting the most expensive guys is probably optimal right now.