How long would it take for an expansion team to become competitive in the new NHL? Would an expansion draft of players made available by other teams just bring fringe players or would it open up an opportunity for teams to dump players with high salaries? Established teams would already have their big-ticket players, but wouldnâ€™t an expansion team starting fresh with no high salary players be able to go after some big name players that they want to build their teams with? As an expansion team that was willing to spend to the upper end of the cap, with all the free agents available each summer and teams dumping players with high salaries, would it not be fairly easy to ice a competitive team rather quickly? It just seems to me that an expansion team could achieve credibility in a rather short period of time compared to the expansion teams of the past. Your thoughts ?