Morning Free Association: The Expansion Draft is Nigh

The hockey season may be done, but the NHL year is not over until July 1st, when the new one starts. Before then, we have a couple of important events that will change the fortunes of many teams in the league: the Expansion Draft and the NHL Entry Draft.

As everyone here knows, the Expansion Draft involves building a team for the Vegas Golden Knights with parts for all the teams. Sharing is caring and all that.

Care Bears

Yesterday was the deadline for teams to ask players to waive their NMCs. There are some notable names that were asked to waive and others who were not. The Senators asked Dion Phaneuf to waive his NMC, and as of mid-afternoon he had not decided; he has until the end of the business day on Friday to decide. It turns out that the Penguins had asked Marc-Andre Fleury to waive his NMC back in February, which he did specifically for the Expansion Draft. After watching Matt Murray continuing to flourish in net, winning his second Stanley Cup in two years, Fleury probably just wants to go somewhere where he can start.

Of course, with all this excitement regarding protection lists, it should be noted there are players that were not asked to waive and that will have to be protected:

Scott Hartnell (CBJ)
Andrew Ladd and Johnny Boychuk (NYI)
Dan Girardi and Marc Staal (NYR)

Of course, there is speculation that some deals may already be in place, just unannounced at this point.

All protection lists have to be submitted by 5pm on Saturday and will be released on Sunday morning. Vegas GM George McPhee will have a couple of days to conduct some interviews with unprotected players in which he is interested on each team, finally submitting his list of draftees on Wednesday morning. Seizing a ratings opportunity, the draft choices will be announced at the NHL Awards on Wednesday June 21st. This will likely be the only reason anyone wants to watch the awards, unless you just miss Patrice So much and just have to see him sporting some John Varvatos and hopefully definitely likely taking home some hardware.

So, who do you expose on the Bruins? Who do you hope gets taken? How do you feel about any or all of this?

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