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  1. That is cute on Ovechkin's part. But, officials from the Russian Hockey federation have already stated if the NHL says they are not going, they will not allow Russian NHL'ers to play. They are going to use this to try to get Russian FA's to sign with the KHL. Ovechkin would have to pull a Kovalchuck as he is under contract until 2020-21.
  2. They won't have a choice. There is going to be a lockout regardless. Owners told the PA they would do the Olympics if they extended the CBA 3 years. Players refused as rumblings have been that most are not happy with the CBA and want some changes.
  3. For 1 year, I can see a vet doing so. But, it would be someone close to retirement age, who might have a hard time getting a roster spot/ice time in the NHL. Someone like Girardi comes to mind. Belief is he will be bought out this summer, thus a UFA. I can't see him getting big money, no more than $1-2MM on a short term deal and I don't think he would be a lock to make many teams in the NHL. Could see him signing a 1-year deal to play in Europe hoping to play in the Olympics, or even having a wink-wink deal with Hockey Canada ahead of time.
  4. Won't be Leonisis's decision. BoG will likely vote to bar their players from playing in the Olympics and bar teams from allowing players to attend. IIHF and IOC will abide by it and declare the NHL'ers ineligible. As for US and Canada, will most likely be guys playing in the KHL and other European leagues. Maybe a vet playing in the AHL. What I could also see happening is some Canadian and American veteran players who are UFA's signing with the KHL for a year if they have never played in the Olympics. This could be their one shot to play for Canada or the US.
  5. If the NHL'ers aren't there, the tournament is meaningless. Besides, only way they will be able to go if a deal is not worked out, is if they retire from the NHL. For the record, I will not think it is a done deal until I see the 2017--18 official schedule without an Olympic break built in.
  6. They do have a huge following aside from the percentages. Their stretch of fans goes from Buffalo further east than Rochester, so probably a good chunk of fans that are outside what is considered local for tv accounting. A lot of upstate people who want nothing to do with the NYC metro area and root for Buffalo instead.
  7. The NHL's bread and butter is local ratings. The Sabres do HUGE ratings in their local market. Off the top of my head, they are 2nd only to Pittsburgh. Remember, ratings are based on a percentage of households in the market. So, Buffalo getting 300K viewers is a lot better for business than the Blackhawks getting 300K viewers in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Couple that with the big market rangers and that is all NBC cares about. Nobody in the league does a good rating nationally or in neutral cities. I'm sure the NHL expects the Sabres fans to travel for this one, but even if they do not the Rangers fans can easily fill up Citi. Supposedly, the NHL had pushed for Rangers Isles in NY and Rangers Devils at the Meadowlands and NBC wasn't having it. Wanted 2 distinct tv markets. Hence, why they created the Stadium Series.
  8. If he is a UFA, then there is no point protecting him. Vegas can select him, but he can easily sign with the Devils (or anyone else) on July 1st. With that in mind, can't imagine Vegas would take him unless there is nobody on the devils eligible list, they want.
  9. I think Girardi would be more likely to waive his NMC simply because he is a lot less likely to be selected if available, so very little risk on his part. Nash, on the otherhand only has 1 year left on his deal. So, Vegas might take him. Big salary, but not a long commitment.
  10. Possibly, but he is signed for 3 more years, at an AAV of $6.5MM and a no-movement clause that starts on July 1st. Not sure Vegas would want to commit to that, but you never know.
  11. They have to protect Nash, Girardi, Staal, Lundqvist due to their contracts and how their NMC/NTC's are worded. All 4 were on the list of "must-protects" that was released by the league in November. Otherwise, I would agree with your forwards. The one I remove now, is Stepan. He has a NMC that kicks in July 1st for 3 years. That might be enough to scare off Vegas along with the money. Holden they have to leave exposed, same for Klein. If the Rangers insist on protecting Stepan, then I would hope they offer a draft pick for them not to select whichever forward from your list is left unprotected. I see a lot of posts around the internet from fans about who they are going to lose and it is way too early for anyone to know. Obviously, nobody knows who will be left exposed. Secondly, nobody knows what Vegas's strategy will be. They have to take on a minimum amount of salary through the expansion draft, so they are not just going to take the cheapest salary from each team, but not necessarily going to select the best player. I could see them taking on 1 or 2 Rick Nash types. Guys with huge salaries, but only signed for 1 year. Doesn't commit them to the player long-term and if the player is having a decent season next year, it is a nice chip to have at the trade deadline to move as a rental.
  12. 7 F's, 3 D's, and 1 G; OR 8 skaters and 1 G.
  13. I don't know what you mean. Anyone can be protected. Some players, such as Lundqvist, Girardi HAVE to be protected and count towards the Rangers protections due to their NMC's. League put out a list around Thanksgiving. Guys like Skjei, Vesey who have not completed more than 2 years of AHL/NHL service are exempt. They cannot be selected and do not have to be protected. Players on LTIR, do not have to be protected and are also exempt. Someone like Chris Pronger if he is still on Arizona's books. I'm sure there will be at least 1 team whose list of available players Vegas looks at and doesn't want anyone. They still have to pick someone, and in that case I am sure they will plan to send them to minors or try to trade.
  14. Any player with more than 2 years professional service in North America, so AHL years count. Europe and Juniors do not. However, if it was a partial season as a PTO, it doesn't count. Brady Skjei for example is exempt. He will finish his 2nd season this year but his stint with Hartford at the end of 2014-15 was a PTO, so it does not count.
  15. True, but it really depends. Yes, they have to lose someone. However, a team like Minnesota may value Dumba A LOT more than the other good players they need to protect. Secondly, the package they get back from a team like the Devils might make it worth it to lose that 2nd player. Other things to consider is the Knights MUST take on a certain amount of salary through the expansion draft. Off the top of my head, I believe it is the cap floor for this year. If they take a UFA to be, his salary does not count in this minimum. An RFA's salary counts ONLY if they have received a qualifying offer from their current team. Secondly, they also must take a minimum amount of forwards, a minimum amount of Dmen and a minimum amount of goalies. Again, off the top of my head, think the 3 total to 25, then they have lee-way with the last 5 picks. So, they might want a guy with a fairly high contract who only has 1 year left. Helps them get to that threshold, but at the same time, only have to carry him for a year. They will not be able to just take the cheapest guys on each team's exposed list. May not be able to take the best player on each team's exposed list. What I think you will see is a lot of wheeling and dealing. I can see them taking a minimum of 5 picks for consideration to not take a certain player from a team. Then, once they have their 30, can see them trading another 5 between the end of the expansion draft and the end of the entry draft. Stockpile some picks and/or pull off a few 2-for-1 deals.