Given checkered NHL expansion history, league treading carefully with Seattle on franchise launch year

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November 27, 2018 - 10:37 AM

SEATTLE — Our city will finally be awarded a National Hockey League expansion franchise next week, after which the owners can simply sit back and ring in the profits, right?

Well, not exactly. Not every NHL expansion story ends up like the Vegas Golden Knights. They don’t all win consecutive Stanley Cup titles like the Philadelphia Flyers in their first decade and become marquee franchises.

In fact, NHL expansion since the “Original Six” era ended in 1967 has been all over the map. For every long-term success such as the Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators, there is enduring Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators mediocrity.

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