I hate Vegas. Passionately. I want them to lose and not only lose, to be embarrassed.
1996 the Nordiques left for Colorado and immediately won the cup, as a Wings fan I hated Colorado more than any team at any time (although the feeling has mellowed looking back on one of the games greatest ever rivalries) and felt they were an imposter, that the fans in Quebec had been hosed and the usurper won a cup that they didn't deserve. Still do.
I feel a team should hit the bott
Players nobody wanted? Wasn't each team allowed to protect just 9 or 11 players(including 1 goalie), depending on the positions of the players protected? That leaves alot of players available that somebody wanted. The expansion draft rules were setup very favorably for Vegas. The NHL very much wanted to see them be successful immediately.
Can't blame Vegas or the league, but were they foolish transactions? Specifically, in the case of Minnesota, they thought they were in "win now" territory (that might have been the part that was foolish) and so did at least a sizeable portion of its fan base. You cannot possibly allow Staal to leave for nothing to Vegas. So they gave up what they thought were lesser players. In the case of Haula--who I really like--they were lesser players. But they were both still players they otherwise
In Minnesota...the team spent almost nothing on its roster and the fans still showed up and filled the building. They paid good money to watch one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. That works when a fanbase that knows and loves the game can understand development is tough.
Don't forget, the 2003 run probably helped not only stave off an exodus of apathy but also raised the expectations. If you read Tom Lynn's book; he talked about the run was a bit of a mixed blessing..
So, for the past 20 or so years there has been a saying going around by just about any rapper that has a voice and a microphone; "Don't hate the player, Hate the game." So I ask you why all of this negative feedback on the Vegas Golden Knights?
Think about it, They have a GM who couldn't ice a team to get out of the second round so Washington fired him. They have a coach that couldn't get the team into the playoffs and when he did they were out in the first round, so not only was he