The Expansion Draft rules clearly state any player with a No Movement Clause (NMC) must be protected by his current team. The projections showed 51 players who had an NMC and must be protected. Well thanks to a league memo, and some sweet investigative work from SportsNet we now know there are exactly 66 players with NMCs.
Keep in mind the players on the list do have the option to waive their NMC, which would allow their current team to leave them exposed in the Expansion Draft.
Here’s the list of all 66. (Stick tap to SportsNet)
Los Angeles (1)
New Jersey (1)
San Jose (0)
St. Louis (0)
SportsNet also pointed out a few players who “narrowly missed the cut.”
Anaheim Ducks centre Antoine Vermette and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask each hold no-move clauses that run until June 15, 2017 – just two days before each team must submit a list of protected players. That makes them eligible to be exposed (although, in Rask’s case, it’s virtually guaranteed not to happen). Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith saw his no move expire last June and falls into the same category. -Chris Johnston, SportsNet
There’s been plenty of debate over how many players will decide to waive their NMC. My guess is it will happen with a few, but it won’t be terribly common. Why would these guys waive something they specifically had written into their contract in the first place?
We’ve talked about the Marc-Andre Fleury situation at length on this site, and this list confirms he has the power to put Pittsburgh in a terrible spot.
Chicago’s eight NMCs puts them in a bit of a pickle. The rules state you can protect either one goalie, three defensemen, and seven forwards, or one goalie and eight skaters. The goalie (Crawford) is set, and three of the other NMCs are defensemen (Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, and Keith). Therefore, if they want any flexibility on defense, to protect say Trevor van Riemsdyk or Brian Campbell, they’ll have to use the 8/1 strategy. Should be an interesting case when June rolls around.
If you are interested in playing around with the Expansion Draft protection lists, the best tool (now that Vegas scooped up GeneralFanager) is PlanMyTeam.com.