No-Movement Clauses and The Next NHL Expansion Draft

No-Movement Clauses and The Next NHL Expansion Draft

Last Tuesday, the NHL board of governors unanimously approved awarding an expansion franchise to the city of Seattle, Washington. The club’s first season will be in 2021-22, making it the first NHL team in the American Pacific Northwest and providing a natural rival for the Vancouver Canucks.

The expansion draft for the Seattle franchise will be held in June 2021 at the renovated KeyArena, with the rules similar to those of the 2017 expansion draft. The as-yet-unnamed Seattle club will select one player from each team (excluding the Golden Knights) for a total of 30 players: 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.

Each club has the option of protecting seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender, or eight skaters (forward or defense) and a goalie. All first- and second-year players, and all unsigned draft choices will be exempt.

Players with no-movement clauses at the time of the draft, and who decline to waive those clauses, must be protected by their teams.

Thanks to the good folks at the indispensable Cap Friendly, here’s a list of players who have “effective & continuing “No Move” clauses in 2021 as part of their contracts”:


Fifteen teams – Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins – will be affected, totaling 27 players.

The Blackhawks, Stars, and Penguins will be most affected, with each club having four players to protect, followed by the Bruins, Panthers, and Wild with two each.

Of those players, only two – the Stars’ Tyler Seguin and the Panthers’ Jonathan Huberdeau – will be under the age of 30.

Bear in mind this list could grow as more players are signed to long-term contract prior to the 2020-21 season. Given the impact they have on a team’s protected list, general managers could be reluctant to include such clauses in new contracts if they’re in effect during the year of the expansion draft.

Those no-movement clauses must be in effect before June 30, 2021. The number of players on each club with those clauses could also change as a few could agree to waive them in order to be dealt to another team.