ABNuck Posted March 13, 2015 Share Posted March 13, 2015 It seems that expansion is all but confirmed (most speculate Las Vegas and Seattle as 2 Western Conf. expansion teams) so with that in mind here's a proposal format for that to happen (taking into consideration salary cap constraints, dumping of bad contracts, prospect pools, competitiveness etc). Let's hear other proposals and possibly who to protect from the Nucks (hard to say of course not knowing exactly when it will happen)... 1/ Expansion team will pick 1 player only from each existing franchise (30 total). 2/ Expansion team will own the #11 slot in each round of the Entry Draft before the first season of operations (1 thru 10 remain same / 11 to 30 all drop down 1 slot). 3/ Expansion team will own the #1 waiver wire option for the entire first season of operations. 4/ Original teams can protect 18 players (16 any position skaters and 2 goaltenders) total as follows: 4a - 10 skaters on NHL contracts (non ELC's) 4b - 6 skaters that are on ELC's or signed/unsigned prospects 4c - 2 goaltenders on any contract or unsigned prospects 5/ Expansion team can re-negotiate contracts with the following restrictions (if not keeping the contract the same): 5a - If team wishes to reduce the $ amount by 10% then must increase term by 1 year 5b - If team wishes to reduce the term by 1 year then must increase the $ amount by 10% (hopefully this clause helps with teams dumping bad salaries, helps expansion teams to pickup a decent player but not be too afraid of contract ie/ Mike Richards). I think adding the player prospect pools into the mix will help the expansion team to at least kickstart their own prospect pools...obviously teams will protect the top up-and-comers but at least the expansion team gets a shot at some tier 2 level talent...and also helps young prospects that were drafted by deeper teams to maybe move up the ladder a bit and get a shot that they might not otherwise have gotten. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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