30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Washington Capitals

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Washington Capitals

Year after year this team runs roughshod over the competition in regular season play, but fails to get past the Conference semi-finals. With late season acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk likely headed to an Eastern Conference rival this offseason and little in the way of rookie help on the way, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan could be in store for a busy offseason.

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Pittsburgh Penguins

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Pittsburgh Penguins

The much anticipated Marc-Andre Fleury chip has finally fallen in Pittsburgh...well at least partially. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford will have to scour the market for a return on the three-time Stanley Cup Champion. With little left to give after flower, could he instead use the draft to rid himself of a much-maligned defacement?

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Chicago Blackhawks

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Chicago Blackhawks

Toews, Kane & Associates may have captured top spot in the West, but spring time hockey has once again revealed the team's great undoing: a lack of depth. With roughly $63.0M attached to just 10 players, management will have to get creative to keep this team in the Stanley Cup conversation. 

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Columbus Blue Jackets

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Columbus Blue Jackets

It would come as no surprise to see yet another year of success in Ohio from one of the leagues deepest rosters. But will this collection of forwards in the 40-60 point per season range take them over the top in the playoffs? Hard to say, for a team in the leagues toughest decision. All we know for sure, is that a team like Blue Jackets will be loosing an impact player through expansion. 

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Minnesota Wild

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Minnesota Wild

A combination of aging vets and young RFAs will keep GM Chuck Fletcher busy this summer as he tries to evaluate which players give his team the best shot to win now, as well as keep the team competitive for years to come. No an easy task for a manager already starring down the barrel of the expansion gun. Does he have anything up his sleeve to prevent Vegas from pulling the trigger?

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Anaheim Ducks

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim's unprecedented success developing defencemen leaves them vulnerable for expansion. How they handle this period of roster uncertainty could well determine their chances at a Stanley Cup in the coming season and beyond. Can they rid themselves of the thorn that is Kevin Bieksa's contract?

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Montreal Canadiens

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Montreal Canadiens

After a disappointing 2015-16 campaign, the Canadiens managed to vault themselves to the top of the Atlantic division in 2016-17. Questionable trade tactics aside, this team continues to develop viable young talent internally. Could we see Marc Bergevin use this prospect depth to his advantage in the expansion process?

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Edmonton Oilers

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Edmonton Oilers

After capturing the Art Ross trophy in just his second year in the league, Connor McDavid has the Oilers on a rapid ascent to the top of the Western Conference. With his and fellow budding star Leon Draisatl's contract's a pressing concern, can the Oilers streamline their roster to make way for the future?

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - San Jose Sharks

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - San Jose Sharks

This team surely only has two seasons left in it before a major overhaul is forced upon them. GM Doug Wilson has kept this team in contention since 2003, will he continue to go 'all-in' or begin to think about the future of this team without its perennial All-Stars in the lineup? Thankfully, if played correctly, expansion will allow Wilson to delay this decision a bit longer. 

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Ottawa Senators

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Ottawa Senators

Boring hockey wins games. Well not always, but that's the mindset of Sens coach Guy Boucher. Ottawa surprised a lot of us and took Pittsburgh to the brink of elimination with a roster built around depth not star power. With so few protection spots, how do the Sens weave through the expansion process unscathed? 

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Calgary Flames

30 IN 30 Expansion Preview - Calgary Flames

The last few season's have had their ups and downs, but the crop of young talent in this forward group and the re-emergence of Dougie Hamilton on the back-end has this team setting their sights firmly atop the Pacific Division. Could expansion provide the Flames an opportunity to finally shore up the goaltending position?