Did the NHL Gift Vegas an Instant Cup Contender?

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Let’s go ahead an assume you’re all familiar with the law of unintended consequences. Well, that’s exactly what happened when the NHL drew up its expansion draft rules for the Vegas Golden Knights. In an effort to repeat the mistakes it made for every other new team– and in large part because Vegas paid $500 million to join the club – the NHL gave the Golden Knights a chance to become competitive right away by making it almost impossible for teams to protect all their quality players. It was meant to give Vegas a fighting chance, but here we are three years later and there’s a good chance the Golden Knights will be in the Stanley Cup final for the second time.