Various sources, including Yahoo's Puck Daddy, have pounced on the story of Seattle possibly becoming home to an NHL franchise sooner rather than later. The storm of speculation started brewing when Mitch Levy of 950 KJR Seattle Tweeted the following via three separate messages on July 30:
“The short of it is: I'm hearing that the NHL Commish is encouraging the board of governors to make an expansion team available to Seattle. If approved, the new expansion Seattle NHL club would cost approximately $275M. It would begin playing here in the 2014-2015 season. All of this contingent upon 1) a solid ownership coming forward and buying the team and 2) the new arena staying on track to be built."
While NHL expansion is all but a given at this point, sometimes it's easy to forget how difficult it is to take a team from an expansion roster to a playoff contender. The road is long, and the dedication required by all of those involved is taxing at best.
For instance, the Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks have both been searching for the total winning formula since joining the NHL in the early '90s. Both have had great regular season success, but neither have managed to hang its first Stanley Cup banner.
Since 1992—what we're calling the "modern expansion era"—nine teams have joined the NHL. Of those nine franchises, only two have gone on to win the Stanley Cup so far: the Anaheim Ducks and Tampa Bay Lightning.
When ranking these teams, overall records were given top consideration. Another part of the puzzle, albeit smaller, was how the franchises managed to stack their front office and whether or not they added any prominent pieces for the future.
Unless otherwise stated, all statistical data came from Hockeydb.com.