In late June, the Vegas Golden Knights’s inaugural roster will take shape during the NHL’s first expansion draft since the turn of the millennium. The Washington Capitals are bursting with talent everywhere on their 22-man roster, which is why they will likely lose a beloved member of the organization.
While that’s a depressing thought, I do have some good’ish news. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston got his hands on the memo which outlines the 66 players that are currently considered exempt from the expansion process (because of no-move clauses). The Caps are one of four NHL teams that do not have any players that fit that bill. So that means, the players the Capitals choose to protect — a) seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or b) eight skaters (forwards/defensemen), and one goaltender — will be protected because of strategy and not because their hands are tied with bad contracts.
Via Sportsnet, here are the 66 players who are ineligible to be drafted.
Los Angeles (1)
New Jersey (1)
N.Y. Islanders (3)
N.Y. Rangers (4)
Tampa Bay (4)
Teams without any players that they’re required to protect: Calgary, San Jose, St. Louis, Washington.
While several players on the Capitals, including Brooks Orpik, have partial no-trade clauses, that does not give them the same rights in the expansion draft as players who have full or partial no-move clauses.
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