Latest on the Senators, Sharks & Devils – May 27, 2017

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Could the Ottawa Senators ask Dion Phaneuf to waive his no-movement clause?

Possible offseason moves for the Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks & New Jersey Devils in your NHL rumor mill.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators face some tough decisions this summer. He speculates pending UFA forward Viktor Stalberg could be re-signed. Tommy Wingels was little used in the playoffs and could be purely a rental player. They also have to reach a decision on backup goalie Mike Condon, while it’s doubtful veteran forwards Chris Kelly and Chris Neil will be re-signed. Restricted free agent center Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s solid playoff performance will help him get a raise but the Sens won’t want to over-pay for his services.

Regarding their expansion protection list, Garrioch notes Bobby Ryan’s no-movement clause only covers him for the minors and thus he can be exposed, but his playoff performance could give them pause. However, his colleague Don Brennan believes Ryan’s playoff efforts merits protecting him. Garrioch also wonders if Sens GM Pierre Dorion will ask Dion Phaneuf to waive his NMC to protect another defenseman in the expansion draft. Dorion could then cut a side deal with the Vegas Golden Knights not to select Phaneuf.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:The draft rules state that players with effective no-movement clauses must be protected unless they agree to waive it.  However, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported last November that Ryan can be exposed in the draft because his no-movement clause actually applies only to demotion to the minors. Leaving Ryan unprotected could be risky, but his big contract ($7.25 million annually for five more season) could be unpalatable for the Golden Knights.

Dorion faces some interesting decisions regarding the expansion draft. If Phaneuf doesn’t waive his NMC and Dorion protects three blueliners, they risk losing Marc Methot or Cody Ceci to Vegas. Should Dorion opt to protect four defensemen, a forward such as Derick Brassard, Kyle Turris, Ryan Dzingel or Jean-Gabriel Pageau could be exposed. 

CSN BAY AREA: In a recent mailbag segment, Kevin Kurz was asked which players on the San Jose Sharks are most likely to be traded this summer. He suggests they draw upon their blueline to bolster their offense. He believes Justin Braun, who carries a reasonable $3.8 million salary-cap hit for three more seasons, could be intriguing to clubs with depth at forward.

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: In a recent live chat, Mike Heika speculated Sharks forward Patrick Marleau or Los Angeles Kings winger Jarome Iginla might be interested in playing for the Dallas Stars next season. Both players are eligible for unrestricted free agent status on July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kurz has called for Sharks GM Doug Wilson to shake things up with a blockbuster move this summer. It remains to be seen if Wilson follows his advice and if Braun becomes part of the deal. He and Marc-Edouard Vlasic are a solid, reliable defense pairing for the Sharks and Wilson could be reluctant to break that up.

As for Marleau, he could prefer signing with a good Western Conference club if he and the Sharks part ways. However, I have my doubts he’d be a good fit with the Stars, who could prefer adding a younger forwards. 

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross recently chatted with New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero regarding his offseason plans. He’s obviously not tipping his hand as to his plans with the first-overall selection in next month’s NHL draft. Shero isn’t closing the door on the possible return to the Devils of Ilya Kovalchuk, though that decision rests with the veteran winger.

There’s no plan to move goaltender Cory Schneider, who wants to stay and the club wants to keep him. While Shero noted anything can change with one phone call, Gross doesn’t see many destinations (Calgary?) for Schneider this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see Schneider getting dealt this summer. If Shero’s willing to entertain offers for his starter or the first-overall pick, he’ll want a significant return. Kovalchuk could decide to return to the Devils, but the overall consensus among the punditry is a sign-and-trade scenario on July 1 appears likely. 



  1. Chris Johnston is wrong! NMCs are what protects from going to the minors (being waived). No trade clauses protect from trades.

    The expansion draft uses the waiver mechanism of the CBA. Otherwise the CBA would have to be reopened. But since players with NMCs can’t be waived they must be protected. This is why Pittsburgh is in trouble with the Fleury/Murray situation.

    I’ve said this 4 times on this site yet keep hearing it come up. The last time it was people arguing that Fleury could be exposed because he only had a partial no trade. Ultimately the league clarified that Fleury has to be protected. But the same faulty logic keeps getting reported in the media. Don’t believe it!

    Ryan has to be protected! Period end of sentence. Unless our legal system undergoes a magical transformation in the next 3 weeks! There is no other way to work an expansion draft into the CBA using any mechanism other than what is already there. The waiver process provides that legal loop hole. But players that can’t be waived must be protected.

    • No, Johnston is correct. Ryan is not among the 66 players originally exempted from the expansion draft because of their no-movement clauses. Follow the link and read the column carefully. He clearly indicates the list was finalized by the league after reviewing the parameters of each individual contract. When Johnston saw Ryan’s name wasn’t on the list, he consulted sources who confirmed the language in his no-movement clause actually makes it possible for the Senators to expose him in the draft without Ryan’s permission. Again, this was the list approved by the league and sent to all the teams.

  2. Leaving Ryan exposed really is a win win for both Vegas and Ottawa. This is the “side deal” they can make with McPhee. “I will leave Ryan exposed so please do not take Pageau or any of my defencemen. Ottawa clears cap space to sign JGP and a lil left over to fill out the roster. Vegas gets a player coming off a solid playoff performance AND it helps them stay above the floor for the next 3 years.

    • LV is going to have an issue meeting the floor and they are not going to take a player with that term and length to get to the floor. Ottawa will have to give up something else to get Vegas to take Ryan. If Methot is left unprotected he will be in LV next season baring any side deals. Which could include selecting Methot and swinging him to another team.

    • Vegas shouldnt do that. What they should do is go to Ott and say they will trade for Ryan after the draft, with a sweetener, and take him off their hands. a 3rd rounder pick maybe. This means ott doesnt worry about protecting him. then they also pick a young player off ott in the draft. This could be prearranged in the ryan deal. maybe the sens feel they will survive without wideman or claesson. they tell vegas which they can have, lose a player they can live with, get ryans contract off the books and all at the cost of a 3rd round pick. vegas gets three assets instead of one.

    • If Methot is available as well as Ryan, Vegas will select Methot.

  3. Even in the 4F/4D scenario, there is no way Turris is exposed in the expansion draft. He, Hoffman and Stone are the Sens no-brainers with Pageau the likely fourth forward over Brassard.

    The more I think about it, the more I feel Ottawa has to find a way to keep one of Claesson or Methot. If they trade Methot for a nice return, they would still need to get Phaneuf to waive his NMC because Karlsson and Ceci are clearly their first two protectors. Claesson only makes $650k next year, is still an RFA after the deal, is only 24 and looked really good in the playoffs. Very enticing player for Vegas and It would strip Ottawa of two top 4 quality defenseman if they trade Methot. I’d rather lose Brassard with Pageau, White, Smith and, in a year or two, Brown and Chlapik coming. Bobby Ryan may be taken over Brassard, but quality defenseman with great contracts and control are way harder to find.

  4. Kovalchuk for drouin!!!

    • Riiight. And when did Yzerman start taking stupid pills?

  5. I say leave a number of big dollar players exposed. Nothing do with talent or value to the team . Let the dollars be the deterrent from Vegas selecting them.

    • That would certainly work for some – although a few might lose a big dollar player they didn’t really want to lose. But it sure would work in many instances if all 30 followed that plan. Sort of a Las Vegas crap-shoot.

  6. Vegas is going to be built to win ASAP.

    They aren’t going to go the Ottawa, Minnesota, Nashville path of building slowly. They are going to try to outdo Tampa and Florida.

    They have as little as one year, maybe two, possibly three until the Raiders get to town. They need to grab as many fans as they can until then.

    Think of the family or small business deciding which team they should buy season tickets for, the NFL has every advantage. The NHL has to strike now.

    I wouldn’t be shocked to see them make a play for Kovalchuk.

    I think they will be happy to take big name, high dollar players in the expansion draft IF they can still play like Ryan and Fleury and if available, Rick Nash.

    Their goal will be to make the playoffs from day one.

    • Honestly I have my doubts about any sports franchise actually working in Vegas. However I don’t think the knights are stealing fans away from the Raiders or any NFL team. Nor do I think they should concern themselves with the Raiders.

  7. the devils should trade the #1 pick for lou lamoriello and throw ray shero into the dumpster behind burger king.

    lou was the only one who could take a mickey mouse franchise like NJ and win them 3 cups.