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[Discussion] Trading for Expansion Eligible Players

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All teams in the NHL are faced with big decisions come next June, as the Las Vegas team will be selecting players due to expansion. Some teams have easier decisions than others. The Canucks for example may likely choose to use the 7-3-1 protection format, protecting 7 forwards, 3 defensemen, and 1 goalie. Potential exposed players are mostly young bottom 6 forwards with middle 6 upside, such as Gaunce or Granlund, as well as bottom pairing defensemen Sbisa or fringe NHLer Biega. The Canucks shouldn't be too worried about losing a high-impact player, even with us needing to protect our NMC/NTCs.


That said, other teams, such as the Minnesota Wild for example, will have harder decisions to make. The Wild have several NMC/NTCs needing protection. Players with full NMC are Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, and Ryan Suter. If NTCs need to be protected as well, then the list increases to Devan Dubnyk, Eric Staal, and Jason Pominville. This totals 5 skaters (4 F, 1D) and 1 goalie.


The protection format and which players to protect get tricky from here. The Wild need to choose between the 8-1 or 7-3-1 protection format. Using the 8-1 format, they can only protect 3 more skaters, which will likely be D Jonas Brodin, F Mikael Granlund, and F Charlie Coyle. This leaves other high-quality players like F Nino Neiderreiter, F Eric Haula, D Jared Spurgeon, D Marco Scandella, and D Matt Dumba unprotected. 


If they use the 7-3-1 format, they can protect 3 more forwards and 2 more defensemen. The 3 additional protected forwards will likely be F Mikael Granlund, F Charlie Coyle, and one of F Nino Neiderreiter and Eric Haula. The 2 additional protected defensemen will likely be D Jonas Brodin and one of D Jared Spurgeon, D Marco Scandella, and D Matt Dumba.

Either way, a high quality player will be available for draft expansion and, for what pertains to the Canucks, trade purposes.


The Canucks have several prospects down in AHL Utica. Some of which are F Cole Cassels and D Jordan Subban. The Canucks also have 2 x 2nd round draft picks this summer, our own VAN 2017 2nd plus the CLB 2017 2nd. It is entirely plausible that the Canucks can make moves to give a team assets back for an asset they would otherwise lose for nothing.

The Minnesota Wild situation described above is just for one team. There are 28 other teams needing to make decisions as well. Who will the New York Islanders protect? Will they give up a good young forward or a good young defenseman? What about the Columbus Blue Jackets, considering their amount of NMC/NTCs there are bound to be opportunities for trade there as well. Will Pittsburgh leave defenseman Derrick Pouliot available for expansion?


TL;DR My question is, could the Vancouver Canucks make a trade with a team in "expansion trouble" where they give up mid-level assets to get a quality player in return? Could we trade Tanev for a young impact top-6 forward now (opening up a protection spot on defense) and replace him with an expansion eligible defenseman like Dumba or Pouliot later on this season using one of extra 2nd round picks and AHL prospects?


some examples...


MIN: Subban and a 2nd round pick or two (CLB 2nd or VAN 2nd)

VAN: Dumba




PIT: Subban and a 2nd round pick

VAN: Pouliot


Daniel - Henrik - Sutter

______ - Horvat - Eriksson

Baertschi - Granlund - Hansen

Burrows - Gaunce - Dorsett



Edler - Tryamkin

Hutton - Gudbranson

Sbisa - Dumba?

Pedan, Larsen 

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i think a team would be better off making a deal with las vegas

offer them a low round draft pick to not take a certain exposed player

that is traditionally how expansion draft extra protection works

then the team does not have to give the player to the nucks along with some other consideration

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