The NHL has released a memo to all 30 teams outlining which 66 veteran NHLers are currently exempt from the expansion process — meaning they have to be protected — because of their no-movement clauses.
And Sportsnet has the memo.
Per Chris Johnston, the list was finalized late Tuesday evening after the league reviewed “the parameters of each individual contract” with the NHL Players’ Association.
The league was unable to institute a “blanket rule” to all NMCs, because those clauses are entirely negotiable and can be worded in whatever way the club or player — or, agent — sees fit.
As for the list of players, here you go. Chicago leads the way with eight veterans requiring protection while Calgary, San Jose, St. Louis and Washington don’t have any.
Arizona: Alex Goligoski
Buffalo: Kyle Okposo
Carolina: Jordan Staal
Detroit: Frans Nielsen
Florida: Keith Yandle
Los Angeles: Anze Kopitar
Nashville: Pekka Rinne
New Jersey: Ryane Clowe
Ottawa: Dion Phaneuf
Philadelphia: Claude Giroux
Toronto: Nathan Horton
As established earlier this year, teams have two options for players they wish to protect in the Expansion Draft:
a) Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender
b) Eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender
Also, all first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits).