According to Canadian TV journalist, Francois Gagnon, the NHL’s Board of Governors Executive Committee has pegged June 20th, 2017, two days before the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, for the Expansion Draft to select the inaugural players for the Las Vegas organization.
Gagnon says his sources also indicate Las Vegas will play in the Pacific division beginning in the 2017-18 season. There were a few changes made to the expansion draft parameters, which can be found in Gagnon’s complete article linked above (click his name).
Here at SinBin.vegas we’ve reached out to our sources in Las Vegas and they are NOT privy to this information. We also received an email back from the NHL league office from VP of Communications Frank Brown which simply said, “Nope” to the June 20th date.
Brown also sent the same “Nope” when we asked if any information was to be transmitted on the goings on of the Executive Committee meeting today. (Can’t wait til the day I get to stop bothering him. Poor guy has to be sick of me)
TSN’s Darren Dreger conducted an interview earlier today in which he was not as convinced about Gagnon’s information. Dreger said most of the owners not part of the 9-man Executive Committee are still out of the loop.
The Creator‘s only comments today came via the RJ’s Steve Carp. He said no one from the league has talked to him.
We’re still 100% confident expansion is confirmed and Las Vegas will be granted the 31st franchise in the NHL, however the rest of the information, we’ll just keep trying to sift through.