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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:50 PM

In the Dec. 17 magazine edition of THN, we decided to use growing rumors of NHL expansion – to Quebec City and southern Ontario/Markham – to have a little fun in the form of an expansion draft. Long-time hockey men Jacques Demers and Gord Stellick served as GMs for Quebec and Markham, respectively, and selected a 24-man roster comprised of three goalies, eight defensemen and 13 forwards. The results are guaranteed to provoke passionate discussion.

To get a look at their expansion rosters, you’ll have to buy the issue. But in this column, we’ll look at the first part of the expansion draft process – deciding on protected lists for all 30 teams – which in and of itself serves as a great source of debate. That’s because we modelled those lists based on the requirements for the NHL’s 2000 expansion draft that stocked teams in Minnesota and Columbus.

Back then, the league’s 28 teams were presented with a choice: protect one goalie, five defensemen and nine forwards or protect two goalies, three defensemen and seven forwards. And that’s where the first tough calls had to be made. Here are five teams we believed would face some serious dilemmas and the choices we believe they would make (full protected rosters for all teams are below):

BUFFALO: The Sabres were the only team we saw protecting two goalies, because (a) current starter Ryan Miller will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014; and (b ) backup Jhonas Enroth is just 24 and almost assuredly would have been one of the first (if not the first) netminders taken in an expansion draft. That meant leaving rugged veteran Robyn Regehr and puck-moving blueliner Andrej Sekera unprotected and taking a calculated gamble in exposing highly paid center Ville Leino.

LOS ANGELES: Like the Sabres, the Kings currently have two capable goalies, but after the season Jonathan Quick just had – and the 10-year, $58-million contract extension the team rewarded him with – the writing was on the wall for 24-year-old Jonathan Bernier. Sure, L.A. could have protected both players, but that would have resulted in protecting just three members of a defense corps featuring Drew Doughty, Matt Greene, Alec Martinez, Rob Scuderi and Slava Voynov. In reality, Kings GM Dean Lombardi likely would trade Bernier before any expansion draft for an asset he could protect, but for the purposes of our fantasy expansion draft, Bernier had to be left unprotected.

SAN JOSE: The Sharks have one of the league’s deepest defense corps, so there was never much doubt they’d protect just one goalie (Antti Niemi) and five d-men. However, we presumed the presence of solid veterans Brent Burns, Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brad Stuart and Douglas Murray on the blueline would leave GM Doug Wilson no choice but to leave youngsters Jason Demers and Justin Braun unprotected. This is another instance in which Wilson very likely would make a transaction or two that allowed him to retain the services of one or both Demers and Braun or landed him a prospect or draft pick. Absent that taking place, this is the way we see things shaking out.

ST. LOUIS: Much of the Blues’ success last season stemmed from their powerful platoon of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott between the pipes. But when faced with a choice of protecting them both – and having to safeguard just three blueliners – it didn’t make sense for GM Doug Armstrong to stay with his pair of veterans. Indeed, the Blues had so many valuable assets on defense – including Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Barret Jackman and Roman Polak – they had a tough decision to make between 23-year-old Ian Cole and 25-year-old Kris Russell. In the end, we thought Armstrong would protect the slightly more experienced Halak and the younger Cole.

TORONTO: The Maple Leafs haven’t enjoyed much success since the 2004-05 lockout ended, but just because they haven’t made the playoffs in eight years doesn’t mean GM Brian Burke wouldn’t face some difficult expansion draft scenarios. On the one hand, Toronto’s lack of a veteran goalie made it easy to protect just one netminder. But when it came to their current collection of forwards, the answer wasn’t nearly so easy. The off-season acquisition of former Flyers James van Riemsdyk made that decision more difficult and it came down to these questions for the final couple spots: would you protect Nazem Kadri? Clarke MacArthur? Tyler Bozak? None of those players would necessarily be top-tier talent on other teams, yet there was an overwhelming sense among THN staffers all three of those players would be snapped up in an expansion draft. In the end, we felt the Buds would grit their teeth and leave 26-year-old winger Nikolai Kulemin (a 30-goal-scorer in 2010-11 who struggled mightily last season) unprotected.

Protected lists:

Anaheim Ducks (one goalie)
Forwards: Bonino, Cogliano, Getzlaf, Koivu, Perry, Ryan, Selanne, Smith-Pelly, Winnik
Defensemen: Allen, Beauchemin, Fowler, Sbisa, Souray
Goalies: Hiller

Boston Bruins (one goalie)
Forwards: Bergeron, Campbell, Caron, Horton, Kelly, Krejci, Lucic, Marchand, Seguin
Defensemen: Boychuk, Chara, Ference, McQuaid, Seidenberg,
Goalies: Rask

Buffalo Sabres (two goalies)
Forwards: Ennis, Gerbe, Hodgson, Ott, Pominville, Stafford, Vanek
Defensemen: Ehrhoff, Leopold, Myers
Goalies: Enroth, Miller

Calgary Flames (one goalie)
Forwards: Backlund, Cammalleri, Glencross, Iginla, Hudler, Jackman, Jones, Stempniak, Tanguay
Defensemen: Bouwmeester, Butler, Giordano, Smith, Wideman
Goalies: Kiprusoff

Carolina Hurricanes (one goalie)
Forwards: Brent, Jokinen, LaRose, Ruutu, Semin, Skinner, E. Staal, J. Staal, Tlusty
Defensemen: Faulk, Gleason, Harrison, McBain, Pitkanen
Goalies: Ward

Chicago Blackhawks (one goalie)
Forwards: Bolland, Frolik, Hossa, Kane, Kruger, Sharp, Shaw, Stalberg, Toews
Defensemen: Hjalmarsson, Keith, Leddy, Oduya, Seabrook
Goalies: Crawford

Colorado Avalanche (one goalie)
Forwards: Downie, Duchene, Hejduk, Jones, Landeskog, McGinn, O’Reilly, Parenteau, Stastny,
Defensemen: S. Elliott, Hejda, Johnson, Wilson, Zanon
Goalies: Varlamov

Columbus Blue Jackets (one goalie)
Forwards: Anisimov, Atkinson, Brassard, Dorsett, Dubinsky, Foligno, Johansen, Prospal, Umberger
Defensemen: Johnson, Moore, Nikitin, Tyutin, Wisniewski
Goalies: Bobrovsky

Dallas Stars (one goalie)
Forwards: Benn, Eakin, Eriksson, Jagr, Morrow, Nystrom, Roy, Ryder, Whitney
Defensemen: Daley, Fistric, Goligoski, Larsen, Robidas
Goalies: Lehtonen

Detroit Red Wings (one goalie)
Forwards: Abdelkader, Bertuzzi, Datsyuk, Filppula, Franzen, Helm, Samuelsson, Tootoo, Zetterberg
Defensemen: Ericsson, Kindl, Kronwall, Quincey, White,
Goalies: Howard

Edmonton Oilers (one goalie)
Forwards: Belanger, Eberle, Gagner, Hall, Hemsky, Jones, Nugent-Hopkins, Paajarvi, Smyth
Defensemen: Petry, Potter, Schultz, Smid, Whitney
Goalies: Dubnyk

Florida Panthers (one goalie)
Forwards: Bergenheim, Fleischmann, Goc, Kopecky, Mueller, Parros, Upshall, Versteeg, Weiss
Defensemen: Campbell, Ellerby, Gudbranson, Kuba, Kulikov
Goalies: Theodore

Los Angeles Kings (one goalie)
Forwards: Brown, Carter, Clifford, King, Kopitar, Lewis, Richards, Stoll, Williams
Defensemen: Doughty, Greene, Martinez, Scuderi, Voynov
Goalies: Quick

Minnesota Wild (one goalie)
Forwards: Bouchard, Brodziak, Clutterbuck, M. Cullen, Parise, Heatley, Koivu, Torrey Mitchell, Setoguchi
Defensemen: Gilbert, Prosser, Scandella, Spurgeon, Suter
Goalies: Backstrom

Montreal Canadiens (one goalie)
Forwards: Cole, Desharnais, Eller, Gionta, Leblanc, Moen, Pacioretty, Plekanec, Prust
Defensemen: Diaz, Emelin, Gorges, Markov, Subban
Goalies: Price

Nashville Predators (one goalie)
Forwards: Bourque, Erat, Fisher, Gaustad, Hornqvist, Kostitsyn, Legwand, Smith, Wilson
Defensemen: Ellis, Gill, Josi, Klein, Weber
Goalies: Rinne

New Jersey Devils (one goalie)
Forwards: Bernier, Clarkson, Elias, Henrique, Josefson, Kovalchuk, Tedenby, Zajac, Zubrus,
Defensemen: Fayne, Greene, Larsson, Salvador, Volchenkov
Goalies: Brodeur

New York Islanders (one goalie)
Forwards: Bailey, Grabner, Tavares, Martin, Moulson, Niederreiter, Nielsen, Okposo, Ullstrom,
Defensemen: Carkner, Hamonic, Streit, Visnovsky,
Goalies: Nabokov

New York Rangers (one goalie)
Forwards: Boyle, Callahan, Nash, Gaborik, Hagelin, Richards, Pyatt, Rupp, Stepan,
Defensemen: Del Zotto, Girardi, McDonagh, Staal, Stralman
Goalies: Lundqvist

Ottawa Senators (one goalie)
Forwards: Alfredsson, Greening, Latendresse, Michalek, Neil, Regin, Smith, Spezza, Turris
Defensemen: Cowen, Gonchar, Karlsson, Methot, Phillips
Goalies: Anderson

Philadelphia Flyers (one goalie)
Forwards: Briere, Couturier, Giroux, Hartnell, Read, B. Schenn, Simmonds, Talbot, Voracek
Defensemen: Coburn, Grossman, Meszaros, L. Schenn, Timonen
Goalies: Bryzgalov

Phoenix Coyotes (one goalie)
Forwards: Boedker, Doan, Gordon, Hanzal, Korpikoski, Sullivan, Torres, Vermette, Vrbata
Defensemen: Ekman-Larsson, Klesla, Michalek, Rundblad, Yandle
Goalies: Smith

Pittsburgh Penguins (one goalie)
Forwards: Cooke, Crosby, Dupuis, Jeffrey, Kennedy, Kunitz, Malkin, Neal, Sutter
Defensemen: Engelland, Letang, Martin, Niskanen, Orpik
Goalies: Fleury

San Jose Sharks (one goalie)
Forwards: Burish, Clowe, Couture, Handzus, Havlat, Marleau, Pavelski, Thornton, Wingels
Defensemen: Boyle, Burns, Murray, Stuart, Vlasic,
Goalies: Niemi

St. Louis Blues (one goalie)
Forwards: Backes, Berglund, D’Agostini, McDonald, Oshie, Perron, Sobotka, Steen, Stewart
Defensemen: Cole, Jackman, Pietrangelo, Polak, Shattenkirk,
Goalies: Halak

Tampa Bay Lightning (one goalie)
Forwards: Connolly, Lecavalier, Malone, Pouliot, Purcell, Pyatt, St-Louis, Stamkos, Thompson
Defensemen: Brewer, Carle, Hedman, Ohlund, Salo
Goalies: Lindback

Toronto Maple Leafs (one goalie)
Forwards: Bozak, Frattin, Grabovski, Kadri, Kessel, Lupul, MacArthur, Van Riemsdyk, McClement
Defensemen: Gardiner, Gunnarsson, Holzer, Liles, Phaneuf
Goalies: Reimer

Vancouver Canucks (one goalie)
Forwards: Booth, Burrows, Hansen, Higgins, Kassian, Kesler, Raymond, D. Sedin, H. Sedin,
Defensemen: Bieksa, Edler, Garrison, Hamhuis, Tanev
Goalies: Schneider

Washington Capitals (one goalie)
Forwards: Backstrom, Brouwer, Chimera, Johansson, Laich, Ovechkin, Perreault Ribeiro, Ward
Defensemen: Alzner, Carlson, Green, Orlov, Schultz
Goalies: Holtby

Winnipeg Jets (one goalie)
Forwards: Antropov, Burmistrov, Jokinen, Kane, Ladd, Little, Slater, Wellwood, Wheeler
Defensemen: Bogosian, Byfuglien, Enstrom, Hainsey, Stuart
Goalies: Pavelec


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As I posted a month or two ago, the rumours of expansion are still lingering. The most notable expansion cities being Quebec City and a Markham (a city in the Toronto region).

What do you guys think of these potential keeper lists? Who would you want to keep on the Canucks? What changes would you make to other teams?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 02:57 PM

For the love of god please do not expand.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

Maybe keep Lappierre instead of Raymond. Other than that its good.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

^^
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:04 PM

Giving up Luongo for nothing would be a big mistake IMO.

In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:30 PM

i hate the idea of another team comming into the league and stealing other players. they should collect free agents and let them have the top draft picks but dont let them steal guys from other teams

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:32 PM

First, we dont need another team in the league.

Second Philly protecting Bryzgalov!? You dont need to worry about someone taking him, if they do, well thats even better!

& We should protect Luongo.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:46 PM

Giving up Luongo for nothing would be a big mistake IMO.


So you would give up Schneider for nothing instead?

Or would you leave two more forwards and two more D unprotected?

Personally, I think it's a fair risk. Other teams may not take an unprotected Luongo because of the length of his contract and his NTC. Just because you leave him unprotected doesn't mean he will be taken for sure.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:09 PM

Raymond?
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

So you would give up Schneider for nothing instead?

Or would you leave two more forwards and two more D unprotected?

Personally, I think it's a fair risk. Other teams may not take an unprotected Luongo because of the length of his contract and his NTC. Just because you leave him unprotected doesn't mean he will be taken for sure.


If someone has a NTC, could the actually be left unprotected, or would their NTC allow them to veto?

Expansion would be a horrible idea. Just relocate the Coyotes already.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:31 PM

If someone has a NTC, could the actually be left unprotected, or would their NTC allow them to veto?

Expansion would be a horrible idea. Just relocate the Coyotes already.


Doesn't seem fair if teams have more players protected because of a NTC. Plus its a no-trade-clause, technically its a expanision draft so there is no trade..

NMC on the other hand seems a little trickier

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:37 PM

Not sure I would want to protect Booth
Maybe Lappy instead
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:39 PM

Why protect Raymond over Jensen

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

Maybe keep Lappierre instead of Raymond. Other than that its good.

would rather keep Raymond
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:42 PM

So you would give up Schneider for nothing instead?

Or would you leave two more forwards and two more D unprotected?

Personally, I think it's a fair risk. Other teams may not take an unprotected Luongo because of the length of his contract and his NTC. Just because you leave him unprotected doesn't mean he will be taken for sure.


I'm positive a team would take Lu, for a brand new team to get that kind of goaltending to backstop you right off the hop.

And the contract shouldn't be a big issue as they very likely wouldn't be a contender right away anyways, for an expansion team to get him without giving up anything would be nothing but a huge positive IMO.

Not sure I would want to protect Booth Raymond***
Maybe Lappy instead


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

Why protect Raymond over Jensen


I'm pretty sure it is only players who have played in NHL games, or a certain amount of NHL games.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

would rather keep Raymond


Depends on how he plays between now and that draft (if it ever were to happen) but if it was happening tommorow, It wouldn't be an easy desicision, but I would really consider taking Lappy instead honestly.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:03 PM

I'm pretty sure it is only players who have played in NHL games, or a certain amount of NHL games.


After re-reading the list I think you're right

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:09 PM

After re-reading the list I think you're right


Yeah cause I noticed that too when I first read it.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:24 PM

So you would give up Schneider for nothing instead?

Or would you leave two more forwards and two more D unprotected?

Personally, I think it's a fair risk. Other teams may not take an unprotected Luongo because of the length of his contract and his NTC. Just because you leave him unprotected doesn't mean he will be taken for sure.


While that is true, leaving a player unprotected is basically telling them that they aren't an important part of the team.

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 12:55 AM

While that is true, leaving a player unprotected is basically telling them that they aren't an important part of the team.


You can only protect so many guys though. Are you going to protect Luongo over Schneider? Or are you going to protect them both and leave four more skaters exposed?
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:43 PM

You can only protect so many guys though. Are you going to protect Luongo over Schneider? Or are you going to protect them both and leave four more skaters exposed?


Would definitely have to leave one goalie at risk. 4 extra players left out there could be detrimental to the team.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

Leaving Luongo unprotected would be really hard choice for the Canucks, but yeah they would likely do that.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:59 PM

I'm pretty sure it is only players who have played in NHL games, or a certain amount of NHL games.


yup, otherwise the Oilers would have protected Nail.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:33 PM

how does it work? can they can only select current full time roster players/ any player with a 1 or 2 way contract? what about injured players can they be had or are they exempt or automatically take up a a spot on the protected list?

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

While that is true, leaving a player unprotected is basically telling them that they aren't an important part of the team.


I'm sorry, should Roberto Luongo feel like he's an important part of this Vancouver Canucks team? He's halfway out the door, you don't have to worry about insulting the guy.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:23 PM

I'm sorry, should Roberto Luongo feel like he's an important part of this Vancouver Canucks team? He's halfway out the door, you don't have to worry about insulting the guy.


agreed. At this point, I dont think his trade value is as high as it may seem, the big benefit would be the cap relief

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:47 AM

I'd take Lappy instead of Raymond. Lappy on the 4th line has been better than Raymond on the top 6 in the past 2 years.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:23 AM

I'm pretty sure it is only players who have played in NHL games, or a certain amount of NHL games.


IIRC in the 2000 expansion players on ELC's were exempt.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 08:49 PM

Better idea. Cut two teams, and any struggling franchises move to stronger markets.
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