What Can Previous Expansion Teams Teach Us About The Seattle Kraken?

As a collective hockey community, we are firmly in the dog days of summer. The transactions have ground to a halt, industry insiders have retreated to their vacation homes, and the sun is inviting us to head outside and bask in its glow.

I have decided to take this opportunity to reflect upon expansion franchises of years past in an attempt to establish (and temper) expectations for the Seattle Kraken ahead of their inaugural season.

The following table offers a quick summary of how modern NHL expansion teams have fared in their debut seasons and notes a few prominent trends that may be of interest to the

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