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NHL Expansion confirmed for Las Vegas, expansion draft rules finalized

The worst kept secret has been confirmed, as the NHL will expand to 31 teams in the 2017-2018 season. Las Vegas is the destination, as has been rumored/basically confirmed for the past few months. The team will play in the Pacific Division. The team paid a record $500 million in expansion fees to the 30 NHL owners, none of which needs to be shared with the players.

More importantly, the expansion draft rules have been finalized. The major points we know: The Rangers can protect 7 forwards, 3 defensemen, and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters and 1 goalie. They can only lose one player to the draft as well. As rumored, any player with a no-move clause must be protected and counts towards the protection list. Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, and Henrik Lundqvist are the players with no-moves. First and second year pros (Brady Skjei, Pavel Buchnevich) are exempt, as are unsigned draft picks.

NHL expansion to Quebec City has been deferred as the city works things out.

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  • Who would the rangers protect if the draft was this summer?
    G. Lundqvist
    D. Girardi (ouch), Staal (ouch), McDonagh
    F. Stepan, Brassard, Zuc, Kreider, Miller, Fast. Would Nash or Lindberg be unprotected?
    We would for sure lose Klein in this scenario.

    • You think Klein would get picked over Nash in your scenario? Or any of the other forwards, such as Hayes? We can only lose at most one player.

      • They would only pick Nash if they need to get to 60% cap floor. Klein at 2.75mil is a better bargain than Nash at 8mil.
        If the hypothetical expansion team picks Hayes over Klein, I’d only thank them.

        • Hayes vs Klein may depend on their goal in their early years as well as what other players are available to them. Klein will turn 32 in December, so they would be selecting a player on the downside of his career. Hayes isn’t turning 25 until May and is improving (despite a bit of a sophomore jinx). Hayes will be in his prime in two or three years while Klein might be winding down his career.

  • Here we go again, now that the rules are finalized, Sather gave it to us again, on his way out the door. We have to protect both of the pylons, so this makes it imperative that we move at least one this week end, before the draft. I just hope that Gorton learns from this experience that under no circumstance do we sign long term deals to old farts, and grant them NMC, what bull this is……….

  • lazy questions:

    #1 so you don’t have to protect those with no-trade clause?

    #2 what if NMC turns into NTC for the 2017 season?

      • States have No move clauses at the time of the expansion draft.

        If draft is completed after 7/1 (isn’t that date next years deals kick in?) wouldn’t Girardi now be on a No trade clause?

        Did they announce a draft date yet or is it known it will be prior to 7/1?

      • This isn’t a matter of opinion, this is a matter of fact.

        * All players who have currently effective and continuing “No Movement” clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits).

        Bill Daly confirmed via Greg Wyshinski that if a NMC converts to a NTC in 2017-18 year, does not need to be protected.

  • Man, there’s a whole host of moving parts to this thing. The floor for Vegas to hit is $43.8mm and they have 3 days to shake down clubs to maximize the value of who they pick (or don’t pick.) At this time, the team should be able to get future draft picks for selecting the “right” player to get to the floor. Lots of extra 2nd & 3rd rd pick to accumulate for years 1-3.

    At 1st glance Vegas should be able to get good goaltending and a solid, if unspectacular D corps. If anything, they might be able to stock up on D and deal them for picks or prospects after the draft concludes. The key is to select guys with staggered expiring contracts.

    The forward situation is a little different. The only top 6 guys to get are ones with massive contracts that they’re not playing up to and bottom 6 types. Maybe they get lucky and someone like Hayes or Zuccarello is exposed.

    But if done right, Vegas should have $30mm in cap space in year 1 and can keep the decks clear for another 3 years going forward. They max out Victor Hedman in year 1 and go from there. At the same time they have extra picks to build up the prospect pool in a hurry so they compete both in the short term and long run.

  • The Panthers signed Yandle to a 7 year contract, at $6.35 mil per year. That’s fine, and good for him, but Florida will live to regret it because he gets a 6 year no move clause, and in year 7, it becomes a modified no move clause. Now how stupid is that contract ? Dale Tallon should be fired for the agreement, not so much for the money, but the terms………….These idiots will never learn !!!!!!!

    • Dale Tallon doesn’t do that anymore. New GM is a propellerhead, must be trying to define a new metric on how to set other people’s money on fire with optimal efficiency.

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