There is plenty of time before the next expansion draft, which should take place sometime after the 2020-21 season (each time it ends), but teams are paying attention and how to avoid a major loss . The San Jose Sharks were well prepared three years ago when the team didn’t give Vegas many options, with the Golden Knights finally choosing the defender David Schlemko, who then sent them back to Montreal for a fifth-round pick in 2019.
However, this time, the general manager Doug Wilson may have much more difficult decisions to make. The team has only two players who will have non-movement clauses before the expansion project in Erik Karlsson and unfortunately, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who at 33 is six years older at $ 7 million a year. With the hat room difficult in the future, Wilson may have to take a drastic step, and according to Kevin Kurz of The Athletic (subscription required), the team can choose to expose the veteran defender Brent Burns to the Seattle franchise.
Although Burns had some success last season and will be 36 when the expansion draft arrives, he remains a strong defender in the top four and is a candidate for aging well given his history. training. His salary still brings an additional five years to $ 8 million AAV, but he could be a valuable veteran for an expansion team and could also help the Sharks.
- After writing centers in the first round of the last three projects (Gabriel Vilardi, Rasmus kupari and Alex Turcotte) the Los Angeles Kings are aligned to probably select a fourth center in four years with the No. 2 overall pick, which should be either from the Ontario League. Quinton byfield or German center Tim stutzle. Regardless, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in her most recent column of 31 thoughts, writing that will not stop the general manager Rob Blake to take a fourth center. “No,” said Blake. “You mention these three, we will take four centers like that.”
- Former Coyotes reporter Craig Morgan Reports that the Arizona Coyotes expect to have their entire list in town by Monday. Several teams are already trying to get their entire lineups into town with enough time to get comfortable before the start of training camp for the next 24-team tournament and Arizona will be one of the first.
- The Calgary Flames are also working to get their team together as quickly as possible. TSN reported that the general manager of the Flames Brad Treliving said the team already has 18 players in Calgary, although several are still in quarantine. However, the general manager also said he expects the rest of the team to be in Calgary early next week.