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  1. 7 F's, 3 D's, and 1 G; OR 8 skaters and 1 G.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Yes and no. NMC's are not uniform. They are all worded differently, they get reported as NMC just for simplicity. Bobby Ryan for example has a NMC that says he can't be sent to the AHL without his approval, but can be traded to any team in the league without needing approval. So, Ottawa does not have to protect him. NHL and NHLPA reviewed every contract and came up with the list of the "Must Be protected".
  6. No, they must select a player from every team. Yes, that will give them 30 players so obviously at least 7 don't make the team. They can then trade those players away or waive. They can also work out a trade where they receive a draft pick and the Knights agree not to take a specific player. For example, Rangers must protect Staal and Girardi. They will protect McDonagh as their 3rd Dman. Let's say they do not want to lose Kline or Holden (Skjei is exempt) they can offer Minnesota a 3rd, 4th, whatever and if they accept Minnesota agrees not to take the player. Basically, buying an extra protection. The Devils cannot claim players. What the original poster means (I think) is that some teams will have no choice but to leave some very good players unprotected. As a result, they may want to trade the player by the deadline and get something for them rather than lose them for nothing. For example, Minnesota will not be able to protect Dumba. So, if the Devils do not have 3 dmen they must (due to a NMC) or feel they must protect, they trade something to Minnesota for Dumba. Forward, pick, whatever.
  7. And, if they have a deal with a company like Steiner or Frozen Pond. But, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers use 10 sets per year.
  8. Listen to this man, for he knows what he says. I have always told people the same thing when it comes to autographs. If I had a dollar for every time someone came to me to ask a question along the lines of, "Which would be worth more money, a signed puck by <insert player name> or a picture?", let's just say I would have tons and tons more dollars than I do now. I tell people, buy the stuff because you like it. Go to the shows because you want to meet the player as he signs your item, talk to other fans, etc. Don't buy this stuff because you think down the road you will sell it off and use the proceeds to put your kids through college. In most cases, you are LUCKY to even get 1/2 of what you spent. With game used items, there were 2 problems that are prevalent now. 1) Most people just do not trust the items. If you can photo-match the item like DevsMan did, great. But even then, there will be people who think you just found the picture and made the marks yourself. 2) Nowadays, the players use SO much equipment and jerseys compared to years ago. I don't know if they are still doing it, but in 2010 Steiner reps would go into the Rangers lockerroom after the players cleared out and take all the jerseys, pants, broken sticks, etc., every few games. Wouldn't be surprised if guys wore the jerseys for only 2 or 3 games each, then it was sold. As a result, the stuff is not anywhere near as rare as it once was. Funny your bring up cards. I worked with a guy this past summer who told me he "invested" in cards. I don't mean he bought a few. He spent easily hundred thousand dollars on cards between 1986-1990. Said in total, must have had 1,000 Don Mattingly rookies between Topps, Fleer, Donruss. A few hundred Strawberry rookies, a few hundred Gooden 84 Topps Traded and Fleer Updates. Guy is in his early 60s now. Asked me if I ever had anyone tell me, "If you have ten cents extra, put 5 cents into a mutual fund..". He said, he would take the whole 10 cents into cards. Needless to say, didn't quite work out as he planned. Luckily he sold off before the real crash in the mid to late 90s, but said he didn't get back even 1/2 the money.
  9. What do you expect? Hockey does not draw very good ratings outside of the home markets. The first NBC game this season is in 2 weeks, Rangers in Detroit at 12:30 before the NFC Championship game at 3:30. Game will likely do a horrendous rating outside of the NY-NJ-CT and Michigan, Northern Ohio. So, they want the big market teams otherwise it is not worth their time. I agree with you about them not wanting the game if they can't have one of those 7. If the NHL told them they want it to be Hurricanes-Wild, NBC would tell them they were not carrying the game, at least not on the OTA station.
  10. Yes. But, supposedly not next season but the following is the slate for the Rangers to play a road game in Michie Stadium at West Point. Sounds good to me. They have now lost 3 of their last 4.
  11. They were terrible, but probably had more listeners for that game just to hear them than any game this season.
  12. I don't know for certain. Could be a case of they know they are not going to win with him, so get something of value now? If you want to call Hamilton a B-dman (as compared to someone like Doughty or Weber being A's). Maybe they think they'd be better off with another young d-man who right now is a C and a young forward who is right now a C?
  13. Better than Desert Knights, or Dessert Knights. Surprised they didn't try to work the map of Nevada into the shading of the mask. Or the did, and I just don't see it.
  14. Don't read too much into Girardi. He hardly ever shoots. Well, hardly ever gets it on net. He only has 14 shots, less than 1 per game. Last year, he had 77 in 74 games. So, his shooting pct isn't going to help them much. Even now his pace is 14 goals. Do I think he will get it, no. But, even if he does, not going to make THAT much of a difference. Vesey had a very hot few games, but off the top of my head has only scored twice in the last 6 or so. So, his is coming down. Hayes, is just out of his mind right now. He dropped 20 pounds this off-season and clearly looks faster, so who knows. But no, do not expect 30%. Grabner? With him it feels like he only shoots when he is on an odd-man rush, but seems to be getting a lot of those due to his speed. Reality is no, they are not sustainable. BUT, if you do want to know where you should worry is a few have shooting pct below their career averages. Stepan is at 6.5%, but his career average is just over 11%. Zibanejad is at 7% and his career avg is 10.6. Kreider is 8.6 with a career avg of 12.1. McDonagh is 0, and a career average of 6.5. Most importantly, Lundqvist has found his game after a rough October. They have only given up 3 goals or more 6 times so far, and 3 of those were the first 3 games of the season. In the last 14, the opponent has scored 2 or less in 11 games. Edit: Saw this on I believe the Rangers facebook page last night: In his last nine starts, Henrik has posted an 8-1-0 record, along with a 1.89 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO.
  15. The good old days, when a Principal or teacher could just give it to you straight. If a principal did that now, there would be parents calling for his/her removal and at the very least they would be told to take sensitivity classes.