Latest Stanley Cup Final news, updates on NHL expansion rules and more in this morning’s collection of notable headlines.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Veteran Pittsburgh Penguins such as Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Matt Cullen hope to draw upon their previous Stanley Cup Final experiences in Game 6 when they face off tonight against the San Jose Sharks.
THE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks hope to continue their playoff home success tonight against the Penguins.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: More details are being revealed in the guidelines for a possible NHL expansion draft in 2017.
- Teams cannot reacquire players they trade after Jan. 1, 2017 prior to Jan. 1, 2018. This is to prevent teams from entering arrangements to “hide” players from the expansion draft. There will likely be a lot more guidelines as part of this rule.
- Teams have to expose at least two forwards and one defenceman who have played either 40 games in the previous season (2016-17) or 70 games in the previous two seasons (2015-17). Teams can only lose a max of one player.
- The expansion team must select players that have a total value of between 60 and100 per cent of the 2016-17 salary cap.
- The expansion team can’t buy out anyone it picks in the expansion draft until the following off-season (2018).
- The expansion team will be given the same draft lottery odds as the team that finishes third last in the league and cannot pick later than sixth in the 2017 NHL entry draft. It’s possible the expansion team could end up with the first overall pick, if it wins the lottery.
- Teams must protect players that have no-movement clauses active in the 2017-18 season. No-movement clauses active in 2016-17 will have no impact. There will likely be exceptions made for players with no-movement clauses who are out with career-ending injuries (i.e. Ryane Clowe and Nathan Horton). Teams are not expected to be forced to protect those contracts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Most of this was revealed yesterday. What’s noteworthy here is the bit about teams being unable to reacquire traded players throughout the calendar year of 2017, as well as the part about expansion teams being unable to buy out players they select in the expansion draft for one year.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The meeting between Red Wings GM Ken Holland and center Pavel Datsyuk has been postponed until after the funeral for Gordie Howe on Wednesday. Datsyuk is expected to announce his intention to play next season in the KHL for family reasons.
TSN: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed forward Sven Andrighetto to a one-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cap Friendly indicates his new salary is $650K on a one-way deal.
YAHOO SPORTS: Congratulations to the Lake Erie Monsters, who defeated the Hershey Bears in seven games to win the 2016 Calder Cup.