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Seattles NHL expansion team has its roots
Seattles NHL expansion team has its roots 
SEA ISLAND Oscar Klefbom Jersey , Ga. (AP) in Dave Tippetts computer.Thats where the longtime coach-turned-senior adviser keeps a running list of players around the league who might be available in an expansion draft that is still 2½ years off. It is just an exercise for now but will become a key building block when Seattle picks its first players in June 2021.Every year itll change a little bit, Tippett said. By the time it gets here, youll have a pretty good idea of where you think teams are going to fall.Long months are ahead before the as-yet-unnamed team plays its first game, but work is already underway and the effort can begin in earnest now that the NHL Board of Governors has officially awarded Seattle a franchise. Groundbreaking on a total overhaul of KeyArena is Wednesday, and Seattles front office will spend the rest of this season plotting the course for an organization that has a tough act to follow after the Vegas Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season.Part of the DNA of this ownership group is were extremely competitive, said Tod Leiweke, a minority partner, president and CEO of Seattle Hockey Partners. Were here to win. And we want to win. So were going to look at these timelines and how it can be put to our advantage.That means Tippett will watch the rest of this season with an eye on the new teams future and he will sketch out the beginnings of a hockey operations department. He will likely be senior vice president of hockey operations and have a big say in choosing the first general manager of the leagues 32nd team.Tippett will likely hire some scouts this summer and move forward on the GM search.When youre a year or two out, everything continues to evolve http://www.officialoilers.com/authentic-adidas-ryan-nugent-hopkins-jersey , Tippett said. You continue to monitor things. Its an ever-changing world out there right now in the hockey world between coaches and GMs.Veteran Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is considered a potential candidate, and Vegas assistant Kelly McCrimmon would know the recipe for a successful expansion draft after helping George McPhee put the Golden Knights together. The same rules will be in place that allow teams to protect only seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender, or eight skaters at any position and a goaltender.That means that for $850 million, Seattle will have an opportunity to win right away.It gives you an excitement that you can have a team thats not your expansion teams of the past with the NHL rules, Tippett said. You can have a competitive team like Vegas. Nobody expected that from them. But its not as if youre in a five-year rebuild or five-year starting point. You actually can get some good players because of the rules.Leiweke is friends with McPhee and Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz and said his new team will build brick by brick like Vegas did.First, there are real bricks. Majority owner David Bonderman said the immediate focus is on getting arena renovations and three-rink practice facility construction completed. Leiweke expects the 17,000-seat downtown arena to open in March or April 2021 and host the expansion draft.Tippett has a hand in all those projects and is also working to settle Seattles American Hockey League affiliate.And he and the ownership group will, at some point Ryan Strome Jersey , go on a hiring spree to try to replicate Vegas success.We have momentum, and this is a business of recruitment, Leiweke said. We now really feel confident that well be able to recruit a top-flight staff. And we need to, because this is the most competitive league in the world, and parity is the trademark of the National Hockey League today. So were going to have to be really, really good at recruiting, but our owners are going to give us everything we need. DALLAS The Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars were once rivals in the Central Division, but that changed in 2013 when Detroit shifted to the Eastern Conference.On October 28, the Red Wings (15-18-6) defeated the Stars 4-2 at Little Caesars Arena. The rematch comes Saturday at American Airlines Center and Detroit Womens Wayne Gretzky Jersey , which has allowed 131 goals this season (tied for second-most in the NHL) looks to flip that script.Yeah, well you cant give up the number of goals weve given up and be happy with it, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday. You got to make sure that youre not giving up anything easy. Youve got to make sure theyre earning everything.Article continues below ...Detroit is 2-6-2 over its past 10 games and is 7-9-3 on the road.But one bright spot from Thursdays road loss was forward Dylan Larkin scoring his 16th goal of the season and extending his career-best point streak to 12 games.We got to find a way to just grind it out for 60 minutes, play our game and come away with two points. We need two points desperately here, Larkin said Thursday.On Thursday, Dallas (19-16-3) notched a 2-0 shutout at Nashville as backup goaltender Anton Khudobin stopped all 49 shots he faced.However, the big story surrounding the Stars on Friday was the comments from franchise president and CEO Jim Lites to two local media members which were critical of captain and perennial All-Star Jamie Benn.The Stars practiced early Friday afternoon and coach Jim Montgomery and the players spoke to the media before Lites comments surfaced.And Dallas, which is 11-5-1 at home, is beginning a crucial stretch where it plays 10 of its next 13 on home ice.I want us to become more consistent and create an identity of were going to be a puck-pressure team that is tenacious when we dont have the puck and when we do have it Aaron Ekblad Jersey , were going to manage it well, Montgomery said after practice Friday of this stretch of home games.Montgomery said Ben Bishop will start in goal Saturday against Detroit.Dallas also made several roster moves Friday, recalling forward Roope Hintz from Texas of the American Hockey League and activating defenseman Connor Carrick (foot) off injured reserve. The Stars also assigned defenseman Gavin Bayreuther to Texas and placed forward Martin Hanzal (back) on injured reserve.Montgomery said the decision has yet to be made on whether Carrick or Julius Honka will skate on Dallas third defensive pair Saturday.But even with Dallas facing a Detroit team that has lost three straight and seven of eight, the Stars rookie coach isnt about to take the Red Wings lightly.A real fast team, a young team that works hard, that comes at you hard on the forecheck and in the neutral zone, and a team that if we can possess pucks down low maybe we can have some success against, Montgomery said of Detroit.

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