slaps wrote:SaintAngerBH wrote:wonko80 wrote:Again, it's mostly just bitterness due to the fact that your team is most likely instantly less successful than theirs, both in terms of results and in terms of roster building. It's actually a fun story.
On the other hand, they have Neal, who is a piece of *poo poo*, so that can be an acceptable reason to not like them.
Not really. I was annoyed with it when I thought the Stars might make a run earlier in the year. I'm annoyed because they got several advantages that former expansion teams were not given due to the salary cap era. As I said earlier, there should be a big fat asterisk next to their season for that.
Plus, they have Cody Eakin and a former Penguin doing a brick wall impression in goal. That alone is enough to hate their guts.
What advantages? Literally everyone picked them to be dead last, or close to it, at the beginning of the season. It's pretty revisionist to go back now and say it's unfair because they have all these so-called advantages over previous expansion teams.
I think they picked them to be dead last because of the label "expansion team" without really looking at the roster. Even I was guilty of that early on.
However, I gave links to the starting rosters of expansion teams from the 90s and the difference is pretty large. Those expansion teams got the absolute trash of the NHL except for a rare Manny Fernandez or Ray Ferarro. The Knights got some relatively nice pieces all in the same draft. The Knights started out in a place far ahead of any prior expansion team on paper.
No doubt, they are a good team. But, to me, they are just a good team and not some unique story.