Seattle's NHL expansion team has its roots in Dave Tippett's computer.
That's where the longtime coach-turned-senior adviser keeps a running list of players around the league who might be available in an expansion draft that is still 2½ years off. It is just an exercise for now but will become a key building block when Seattle picks its first players in June 2021.
"Every year it'll change a little bit," Tippett said. "By the time it gets here, you'll have a pretty good idea of where you think teams are going to fall."
Long months are ahead before the as-yet-unnamed team plays its first game, but work is already underway and the effort can...