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Breaking down some expansion draft challenges

Heading towards the 2017 Expansion Draft, the big question for the Calgary Flames was “Who’s going to play goal?” Brad Treliving answered that question on Saturday, leaving the “big” dilemma for today’s official unveiling of the protected lists being “They’re not silly enough to protect Troy Brouwer, are they?”

No, they’re not.

But a lot of other clubs faced even tougher challenges than Calgary, with many of them facing some big, big hurdles. With the expansion protection lists out, here’s a brief skim of the challenges other teams are facing over the next few days.

Teams hoping bad deals get taken

There are plenty of teams hoping that Vegas undoes some of their pricey mistakes and gives them the gift of cap relief rather than going for a more strategic route for their selections.

  • Calgary: Lance Bouma ($2.2 million)
  • Carolina: Eddie Lack ($2.75 million) and Cam Ward ($3.3 million)
  • Chicago: Marcus Kruger ($3.1 million)
  • Dallas: Antti Niemi ($4.5 million) and Kari Lehtonen ($5.9 million)
  • Edmonton: Benoit Pouliot ($4 million)
  • Florida: Jussi Jokinen ($4 million)
  • Los Angeles: Dustin Brown ($5.88 million)
  • NY Islanders: Nikolai Kulemin ($4.2 million) and Jaroslav Halak ($4.5 million)
  • Ottawa: Bobby Ryan ($7.25 million)
  • Tampa Bay: Jason Garrison ($4.6 million)

Teams hoping bad deals protect players

There are a lot of exposed players with hefty deals that their teams probably hope are big enough to scare Vegas away from taking them. These guys are all considered useful by their teams, but they’re all probably paid a bit much for their roles.

  • Boston: Matt Beleskey ($3.8 million)
  • Buffalo: Matt Moulson ($5 million)
  • Calgary: Troy Brouwer ($4.5 million)
  • Dallas: Cody Eakin ($3.85 million) and Dan Hamhuis ($3.75 million)
  • Florida: Roberto Luongo ($5.3 million), Reilly Smith ($5 million) and Jason Demers ($4.5 million)
  • NY Rangers: Kevin Klein ($2.9 million)
  • Ottawa: Marc Methot ($4.9 million)

Teams hoping Vegas is willing to make deals

“Please don’t take our good players. We’ll give you whatever you want.” All of these clubs could lose one really useful player unless they get creative.

  • Anaheim: Sami Vatanen, Josh Manson and Clayton Stoner
  • Columbus: Joonas Korpisalo, Jack Johnson and William Karlsson
  • Detroit: Xavier Ouellet, Riley Sheahan and Petr Mrazek
  • Florida: Jonathan Marchessault
  • Minnesota: Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella
  • Nashville: James Neal
  • NY Islanders: Josh Bailey, Calvin de Haan, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome
  • NY Rangers: Antti Raanta
  • Tampa Bay: J.T. Brown and Slater Koekkoek

It’s going to be an interesting three days for a lot of teams.

  • MarkyOgg

    Looks like Vegas will be able to ice a competitive team next year, if they can make a TEAM out of an entirely new locker room. They’ll have one of the strongest goalie tandems in the league for sure. At least success won’t be due to the Flames, definitely one of the weaker draft pools available to the Knights.

  • freethe flames

    The most important question is: Is there anyone not protected that the Flames should make a serious push to get LV to select and then make a trade for. Say Dumba or Manson? Do we know any of the side deals made yet?

  • Flint

    Making a team is actually quite complex. Here is what I came up with with almost 14mil cap space to spare:

    Perron (STL) – Staal (MIN) – Ryan (OTT)
    Boedker (SJS) – Holland (ARZ) – R.Smith (FLA)
    B. Nelson (NYI) – W.Karlsson (CLB) – C.Smith (NSH)
    Nordstrom (CAR) – Shore (LAK) – Fast (NYR)
    McKenzie (DAL) – Gaunce (VAN) – Rust (PIT)
    Khaira (EDM) – Bennett (NJD)

    Del Zotto (PHI) – Vatanen (ANA)
    Falk (BUF) – Van Riemsdyk (CHI)
    Enstrom (WPG) – Miller (BOS)
    Nesterov (MTL) – Ouellet (DET)
    Kulak (CGY) – KoekKoek (TBL)

    Grubauer (WAS)
    Pickard (COL)
    Bibeau (TOR)

    Pretty young team, quality veterans, trade bait, mobile, fast, big. And taking into consideration the players that could be taken off the board by aquiring picks (Methot, Marchessault etc.)