Oh come on!
It’s bad enough that the Vegas Golden Knights already have bragging rights over the Vancouver Canucks during their first season in the NHL, but now Seattle is taking shots.
And they don’t even officially have a team yet.
Here’s the latest from the would-be NHL team’s already-cheeky Twitter account on Tuesday:
It's cool though. You guys have a couple more years until we head up there.https://t.co/xRhf9sB4La
— NHL Seattle (@NHLSeattle_) March 13, 2018
The Canucks are an easy target nowadays, currently sitting third-last in the NHL standings.
Expected to be officially awarded an NHL franchise in June, a new team in Seattle will likely begin play in 2020. They’ve already begun selling season ticket deposits, as fans snapped up 25,000 in one hour.
The Canucks have been supportive of Seattle’s efforts to get a team, consistently expressing their desire to have a geographical rival for the first time in team history.
That was greeted with smack-talk from Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan.
“The Canucks are excited to come here and get beat,” said Durkan back in December.
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) January 23, 2018
If the light-hearted jabs are a sign of things to come, a Vancouver-Seattle rivalry shouldn’t take long to materialize.
Canucks fans will surely invade the newly-renovated Key Arena in high numbers, as Vancouverites mix two of their favourite pastimes: hockey and outlet malls.