NHL Seattle Expansion News and Game Notes from Last Night

It’s official Seattle is getting an NHL franchise starting in the 2021 season. I Love it. Ladies and gentlemen your 2022 Stanley Cup Runners Up! The Seattle ____ !

They still haven’t picked a name yet, let’s look at some of the favorites…

Eh, I dunno about yinz guys, but I’m not sold on any of these. I have a few suggestions myself…

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They actually made a few other decision’s though that deserve some praise. For one this levels out the league to an even 32 teams and coming off of the heels of the success of the Vegas team this has fans eager and excited that winning is possible and should help build a good base. The second important thing the NHL didn’t fuck up here is rushing this team. There was an option on the table to have the team start playing in the 20-21 season, which would have required starting the team on the road until the arena in Seattle would be ‘allegedly’ ready in November of that season. There’s 0% chance that arena will be ready by that date and this team would have been playing 67 road games, 13 outdoor games, and playing their “home” games in Vancouver’s barn. A classic NHL clusterfuck, thankfully crisis avoided. 

Interesting night around the rest of the league as well…

Pittsburgh and Colorado went at it again for the second time in as many weeks in a weird bizzarro universe version of the game last week. Both games featured a team jump out to a big lead, a hat trick, and a comeback.  Weird right? It get’s weirder; all 9 goals in this game were scored into the same net on the same side of the ice. Whaaaat? This time it was the Pens who benefited with Patric Hornqvist scored the fastest most casual random sloppy natural hatty in Penguins team history. Pretty impressive feat for a team that’s featured a few of the greatest players the league has ever seen.

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Things managed to get even more weird after the game

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Auston Matthews put on a show last night for the Leafs as they took down the surprisingly dominant Sabres 4-3 in OT. First this little dandy where he looks like a dad toying with a few of his kids in the backyard…

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Matthews is daddy.

Then he ends the game with this OT snipe so pure it would make Frank Lucas all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Tough night for Jimmy Howard who’s been tossed around in some trade rumours lately. This performance isn’t going to help.

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Wings lost in the shootout 6-5.

Montreal took down Ottawa 5-2, maybe not so surprising, however Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin are enjoying their mini resurgence in Montreal. Both guys had a goal and 2 assists EACH!  Tampa doesn’t really miss Drouin, but Arizona has to have a little regret giving up on Domi so soon. He’s got 30 points on the year and 13 goals already, while Galchenyuk has just 10 points total. Woof.

The Blue Jackets fell to the Flames by a score of 6 – 9 (NICE!) in an absurd game. If you’ve got the time you can watch all of those goals here:

Somehow James Neal didn’t get a point. Problematic.

“That’s what happens when you run into a lion in the jungle.”

Those are the words of Ryan Reaves after his run in with Tom Wilson last night in a 5-3 VGK win. For some reason these guys won’t just fight and get it over with, they buy each other drinks all night but never take each other home, it’s all the foreplay without insertion, they just love to take runs at each other.

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Keep Your Head On a Swivel Tom Wilson is Back

Tom Wilson is a scumbag who routinely delivers dirty and predatory hits, targeting player’s heads. Tom Wilson is a skilled hockey player who can intimidate, pass, score, and create space for his teammates as demonstrated all last year en route to a Stanley Cup. Both of these sentences can be true, they are not mutually exclusive. Now Tom has a chance to put that first sentence behind him as a thing of the past… Can he do it? I’m betting no, but he’s getting a second chance… I mean 3rd… no sorry 4th? Is it his 4th or 5th chance? I don’t know, but he’s back.

Wilson was suspended 20 games after this hit in the preseason.

Tom Wilson’s 20 game suspension has been reduced to 14 games (though he has already missed 16) and he is now eligible to return to his team and play starting tonight. A first appeal heard by Gary Bettman saw the league uphold the suspension, however a second appeal heard by a neutral arbitrator has decided it was too severe. His reasoning? The NHL Department of Player Safety essentially pulled the 20 game number out of thin air as their logic in determining it was a bit fuzzy. Can’t really argue that, I’m convinced the league uses a plinko board to decide the number of games. Let the chips fall where they may. 

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It’s important to note the arbitrator still ruled that the hit was against the rules, just that the punishment was miscalculated. Wilson’s reputation is well established now as this was his fourth suspension since September of last year (105 game span!). You can go down a youtube rabbit of hole of find highlight reels of how NOT to hit all by Tommy Boy. Here’s one that is 10 minutes! long of some of his shenanigans.

This is great news for the Capitals and couldn’t come soon enough as they currently sit outside looking in at a playoff spot and will surely get a jolt from this (spark plug/dumpster fire – either or depending on how you see him) returning to the lineup.

Tommy and the boys after a big win.

Not so great for the rest of the league as now guys are going to be even more aware when 43 hits the ice that all of their affairs are in order and if they have any concerns about being maimed they may want to head on over to the bench for a change.

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