BREAKING NEWS: New Team Files for NHL Expansion
The NHL is in a sticky situation with the success of first year team the Vegas Golden Knights. This has 30 other GMs thinking of what they can do to give their team a better chance of winning in future seasons.
Today, in an unprecedented move the Edmonton Oilers have filed paper work to become the next expansion team in the NHL. This move is sure to send shockwaves through the pro hockey ranks. Oilers GM, Peter Chiarelli, is convinced this move is what the Oilers franchise needs to take the next step and complete their millennia long rebuild.
When asked for comment Chiarelli said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results so we wanted to think outside the box. We’re tired of drafting and ‘trying’ to develop amateur players. We think drafting proven NHL’ers will give us something we haven’t had in nearly thirty years”
The Oilers are prepared to forfeit all of their current players to Free Agency (including Conor McDavid), and will then select one player from each of the 30 NHL teams’ non-protected lists.
The next question that remains is of the $500 million expansion fee. Oilers brass have been overheard saying, “we were going to give McDavid 20% of that anyways. What has he really done for us?”
If this goes through fans around the league will be ecstatic that they won’t have to see those god awful orange jerseys next season.
What do you think of this bold move out of Edmonton? Is it what the Oilers need to get over the hump?