NHL expects teams to lose good players in the expansion draft



LAS VEGAS, NV JUNE 22: New Las Vegas NHL franchise owner Bill Foley and commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League pose for a photo during the Board of Governors Press Conference prior to the 2016 NHL Awards at Encore Las Vegas on June 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NHL’s board of governors approved expanding to Las Vegas, making the franchise the 31st team in the league. The team will start play during the 2017 18 season and play at the newly built T Mobile Arena. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Here’s my take on the NHL’s expansion draft next summer: Be prepared to lose a good player.

The new owner of the Las Vegas expansion team paid $500 million for the right to be in the league, so he deserves a good roster. The NHL is taking a risk on another Sun Belt destination, so they need this to work out. And, honestly, if you want people to be excited about hockey in Las Vegas, you need the team to win quickly.

The only way to do that is to force teams to expose talented players that the squad in Las Vegas can pluck. If the club elects to make a restricted free agent goaltender available in order to meet this requirement, that goaltender must have received his qualifying offer prior to the submission of the club’s protected list.

Players with potential career ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games (or who otherwise have been confirmed to have a career threatening injury) may not be used to satisfy a club’s player exposure requirements, unless approval is received from the NHL. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. on June 20. The announcement of their selections will be made June 21.

It’s pretty easy to get to three protected defensemen with the Stars in John Klingberg jersey cheap, Stephen Johns and Esa Lindell. Julius Honka seems to not need protection, as his 18 and 19 year old seasons have “slid” and are not considered pro seasons.

But what if the Stars make a trade for a big name defenseman Cheap Jerseys
or sign one in free agency. Do you leave him unprotected? Do you push for a player on a one year deal? It’s going to be challenging for GMs, agents and players.

But that’s the way it should be. Teams should be forced into giving up something good. It’s incumbent upon the front office to use every trick it can, but the bottom line is this team needs good players and it needs to be good quickly.

That’s what’s good for the league.

The Stars have already lost their top minute defensemen from last season in Alex jersey cheap Goligoski and also are expected to lose Jason Demers jersey cheap and Kris Russell jersey cheap to free agency. Los Angeles could lose Milan Lucic jersey cheap, Boston could lose Loui Eriksson jersey cheap, Tampa Bay could lose Steven Stamkos jersey cheap.

So if expansion costs the Stars someone like Brett Ritchie, then that’s just part of the cost of doing business. The NHL has definitely learned a few valuable lessons from past expansions, and they want to do it better this time.

How NHL expansion could affect the trade deadline



Here are some highlights:

How do you think NHL expansion is going to affect the trade deadline? Is it possible for a team to trade for someone only to have them shipped to Vegas? That would suck.

Heika: Yes, that is a concern. A team could acquire someone and then have to Chinese Wholesale Jerseys
expose them in the expansion draft, and that is a risk. That’s why pending UFAs such as Patrick Sharp jersey cheap and Patrick Eaves jersey cheap jersey cheap are desirable, because Vegas is probably not taking a player who can turn around and leave in free agency.

That said, teams also need to have the proper players to expose in the expansion draft (there are rules on amount of games that have been played this season, so that Vegas has a good selection). You could actually see teams acquire players with the intent of losing them.

Now, all of this can be done at the end of the season before the June 20 expansion draft, so the trade deadline might not affect much. My guess is that’s when a lot of the goaltender shuffling might happen. Teams that have a good Young jersey cheap goalie who might be in jeopardy of being taken probably want to keep them through the playoffs.

Trying to be a glass half full guy here: Does a down year now maybe help the Stars when it comes to expansion? Maybe Vegas won’t want our people since we had a bad year.

Heika: No, Vegas takes one player from every team, so the Stars are going to lose someone good. But they lost Alex jersey cheap Goligoski, Jason Demers jersey cheap, Vernon Fiddler jersey cheap and Colton Sceviour jersey cheap last summer, so the expansion draft isn’t that big of a deal. Good teams lose good players every summer.

The positive of this year is it gives an unvarnished look at the franchise. You have a clear assessment of all of your weaknesses and all of the areas where you need help. So maybe getting a new coaching staff is very needed, and you wouldn’t have seen that with a kind of OK year that ended with a playoff loss. Maybe the goalie share program really is a disaster and you might have talked yourself into another year if you were sitting 15th in GAA and save percentage. Maybe the Young jersey cheap defensemen and the 8 man defense has exposed itself as a really bad idea, and now you have to make hard decisions instead of waiting on Oleksiak, Nemeth and Johns.

The glass half full approach is maybe this year will force management to make significant changes and potentially improve the franchise for years to come. That’s the hope anyway.

What do you think the Stars could get for Sharp/Oduya in a trade? Which ex Blackhawk do you think has the highest chance of getting shipped off?

Heika: Oduya is not even playing, so I’m not even sure he is in the conversation for a trade until he tests his ankle injury in a game.

My prediction is that Dallas and Chicago find a way to make a trade for Sharp. He is exactly what Chicago needs, and Dallas could eat half his remaining salary or take an existing contract back if Chicago offers something good in the form of a prospect or draft pick.

They can make this work, and dealing Sharp back makes sense for everyone.

Which Stars player do you think has been underperforming the most this year?

Heika: I said Jason Spezza jersey cheap jersey cheap last time, and then saw he was the Normandy Homes Three Stars of the Game winner, so I’ll change it up.

Antti Niemi jersey cheap wins this week. He has pretty much fallen off a cliff in the past two months and lost any confidence the coaching staff once had in him. He also might have lost any confidence he had in himself.