Dave Tippett said he is confident the Seattle NHL expansion team will meet expectations when it starts playing in the 2021-2022 season, regardless of the pressures to win immediately.
The potential pressure to win stems from what the Vegas Golden Knights achieved in their inaugural season in 2017-18, when they advanced to the Stanley Cup final, which they lost to the Capitals in Washington, after winning the Pacific Division. Tippett said he thought Seattle fans would not be disappointed.
“It’s going to be a phenomenal franchise,” said Tippett on Friday. “Really solid property. Seattle is a big city, excellent leadership in this team with (President and CEO) Tod Leiweke.
“When that happens, it will set a new gold standard for expansion franchises, and it’s hard to do with likes of [the Nashville Predators] and Vegas. But it’s going to be a super franchise. “
The NHL expansion team in Seattle has not announced its nickname, chief executive Ron Francis said on April 3 that he hopes to do so “as soon as possible”. The team hoped to unveil its logo and colors in February or March, Leiweke said at the board meeting in December.
But when the NHL season was halted on March 12 due to concerns over the coronavirus, Francis said the Seattle NHL must first consider the health and well-being of the community.
“We know there are a lot of people who are very excited about the name,” said Francis. “We hear you. We are also delighted. We also know that at the same time, many people in our community are experiencing challenges. We certainly want to be very respectful and sensitive and to think when the time is right. To share our name with everyone. “
NHL.com lead writer Dan Rosen contributed to this report