0
$ £

Las Vegas to Get NHL Team

This week the NHL Executive Committee voted to approve an NHL franchise to be placed in Las Vegas, with games set to commence beginning in the 2017-2018 season.

The vote will see the matter pressed to the Board of Governors next week, but it is expected to pass easily. Currently there are no major sports league franchises located in Sin City, and there has been rampant fear that having a team located near the world's second-largest gaming destination could cause matches to become corrupt. It is likely that this is pure hogwash though, as there are various gambling policies put into place by major sports leagues.

A successful team adoption in Las Vegas could spell bigger things for the city, as the Oakland Raiders are rumored to be in talks to also move to Vegas. If that happens, watch out, as there could be a swelling of sports leagues trying to find a new lucrative market to key into.

Currently there are 30 NHL clubs, and the last expansion was in 2000 when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets were added to the league.

If the Board of Governors votes to include Las Vegas in its plans, a potential franchise owner would have to pony up the $500 million application fee. Once the team basics are set up, an expansion draft will be held, where the new club can select team members from a list of unprotected players of existing clubs.

Casino Listings will expand on this story as the franchise further develops.

6 replies • Last post

Comments

bgsharpe
Forum Angel
sharpe's picture
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Joined: 4 Nov 2014
Posts: 3513
Thanks given: 1129
Thanks received: 362
16 June 2016 - 10:17pm
#1

That's a huge one. As a hockey fan I'm pleased there could be another NHL team in Vegas. It's strange that there is not any sport franchise based in town but that could be a dramatically changed if the new NHL tream and Oakland Raiders makes Vegas their residence Thumb Up

auCL-Ed
StaffStaff
CL-Ed's picture
Location: Sydney
Joined: 7 Sep 2007
Posts: 7201
Thanks given: 3358
Thanks received: 2719
17 June 2016 - 1:09am
#2

Its a strange thing to base an ice hockey team in the middle of a desert.

Always play it safe! Consult our list of rogue casinos and warnings before depositing.
Every comment you make in our forum earns you CLchips which can be used to buy real prizes in our CLchips shop!

usbarbadosslim93
Forum Angel
barbadosslim93's picture
Location: Michigan
Joined: 28 Jan 2011
Posts: 9413
Thanks given: 561
Thanks received: 695
17 June 2016 - 1:16pm
#3

Uh, yeah. This makes zero sense to me. The NHL has done a bad job of locating teams where there is little/no interest, and I think that's a major reason why they're behind the big three (NFL,NBA,MLB) in terms of popularity.

There are teams in Miami, Tampa Bay, Phoenix, and San Jose. With the exception of San Jose, it isn't uncommon for me to watch a game when the Red Wings are in town and see that a good 70% of the crowd is Detroit fans.

They'd have been much better served to give the franchise to Seattle, Portland, or Quebec City IMHO.

bgsharpe
Forum Angel
sharpe's picture
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Joined: 4 Nov 2014
Posts: 3513
Thanks given: 1129
Thanks received: 362
18 June 2016 - 12:44am
#4

Maybe you're right barbadosslim93, but maybe this Southern cities are more reasonable decision from financial point of view, also they tryed to enlarge hockey geography I think.
I guess many people thought this way around 50 years ago when the Kings were established in LA and now we couldn't imagine LA without them.
I guess it's still uncertain whether fans from Nevada would love their new hockey team and probably it would depend from the eventual arriving of the Raiders too but I think either way the luck of any professional sports team based there will make local fans eager I think.

usbarbadosslim93
Forum Angel
barbadosslim93's picture
Location: Michigan
Joined: 28 Jan 2011
Posts: 9413
Thanks given: 561
Thanks received: 695
21 June 2016 - 9:29pm
#5

I can't wait to see how they do an expansion draft for this team. With the salary cap implemented, it looks like teams will only be able to exempt about half their players, meaning there should be some good ones for the picking.

bgsharpe
Forum Angel
sharpe's picture
Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
Joined: 4 Nov 2014
Posts: 3513
Thanks given: 1129
Thanks received: 362
21 June 2016 - 11:33pm
#6

Would be interesting isn't it, here's what I found,

* The Las Vegas team will be required to draft one player from every existing team and will have to select three goaltenders, nine defensemen and 14 forwards. They also have to pick players that, at a minimum, come with a combined value that would make up 60 percent of the salary cap. Obviously, they also can't go over the cap with their selections.
* NHL teams will have a choice between protecting seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters of any kind and one goaltender (nine players). Each team can lose only one player to the expansion draft.
* Teams must protect players that have no-movement clauses that are active in the 2017-18 season. Anything before that will have no impact. That means teams may have to expose more of their younger players that haven't been granted no-move protection.
* NHL teams must expose at least two forwards and one defenseman who had played a minimum of 40 games the previous season or 70 games over the previous two seasons.

* In addition to the expansion draft, the Las Vegas franchise will be eligible to participate in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. They will be given the same draft lottery odds as the third-to-last team in the league and cannot pick later than sixth overall, according to Mirtle.

1 member gave thanks for this useful post: barbadosslim93

Share this