Are the Stars going to chance it and leave one of them exposed, or has general manager Jim Nill already swung a deal to give Vegas a draft pick to protect an extra player?
The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins avoided making a potentially harmful trade several months ago when they asked veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury if hed waive his no-movement clause so they could protect 23-year-old goalie of the future and present Matt Murray.
The team could have conceivably asked Seabrook to waive his no-movement clause to expose him in the draft, but it seems highly unlikely that Vegas would have wanted to deal with his almost $7 million cap hit. "They both make plays", Hextall said. If he is dealt, the Knights would presumably pick between Calvert or Karlsson.
"It forces us that we're in a situation that we felt that this could happen", Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said.
For forwards, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and David Backes all have NMCs, so they will be automatically protected while Brad Marchand goes into the "no-brainer" category, as does restricted free agent-to-be David Pastrnak.
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The league wasn't prepared to increase last season's cap of $73 million USA, however, the players did favour a move to at least 2.5% of the maximum 5% escalator, with an eye on having to pay more escrow beyond that.
Other teams are seeking payroll and protection relief, too, which Hextall said has skewed preparations for the real draft and free agency season, as well. Don't be surprised to see GM Lou Lamoriello engage in some wheeling and dealing in the days and hours leading up to the draft. Sunday, June 18: Protection lists are approved and distributed to teams and the NHL Players' Association.
Thornton had a cap hit of $6.8 million and Marleau $6.7 million in the last of three-year deals. Before projecting who the Hawks will protect and expose, here's a look at some of the important rules for the draft.
One option might be for general manager Ron Francis to work a deal with the Knights' McPhee for Vegas to take one of the Canes goalies - probably Lack - in exchange for, say, a draft pick.
Projection: Hawks will go the 7-3-1 route.
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The 26-year-old American scored 17 goals and added 38 assists over 81 games with the Rangers in 2016-17, his seventh year with the club. Its a possibility. But trades are way easier talked about than to do..
Three more picks were made in the SB Nation Mock Draft. The Washington Capitals acquired Tyler Graovac from Minnesota so they could meet the minimum exposure requirement and protect center Lars Eller.
Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, who was signed to a one-year, $850,000 contract after the season, could be the D-man exposed. Plus, let's not forget that Vegas won't be done once the expansion draft is finished.
Yes. You will likely hear of such moves, with other teams wanting Vegas to take or not take certain players in the expansion draft. Some guys need a break or need to start their career, so it's a good thing for them. He spent 10 years there before moving around the U.S.to wherever the best hockey development opportunity would be.
We'll know for sure on Wednesday night, but Fleury ought to be the center-piece of the Las Vegas team.
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It seems the mania that was anticipated in the lead-up to the National Hockey League expansion draft is not exactly affecting the Rangers.