NHL Off-season/ Draft

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    So now that the season is officially over with the lightning winning again, we’re now officially in the off-season! Now we get to see who gets taken in the expansion draft, who gets signed where in free agency, and when the media will finally shut up about where Jack eichel is going to go! Hopefully this offseason is more interesting than last year.


    It was reported that the Caps and Ovechkin have a contract ready, but due to timing, will hold off officially signing it till after the expansion draft.

    One question for each NHL team heading into a short off-season

    Washington Capitals: Uh, Alex Ovechkin is re-signing, right?

    In his most recent 31 Thoughts column Elliotte Friedman noted: “I can’t find anyone in the NHL who thinks Alexander Ovechkin’s extension isn’t already ‘in the drawer.'” This could be an expansion draft tactic: if Ovechkin is unsigned he won’t need to be protected and if he has a contract ready anyway he’s not a threat to sign with the Kraken in the meantime. It’d allow Washington to protect one more forward than they otherwise would. Still: he will be back with the Capitals and not testing the market on July 28, possibly moving elsewhere to chase down Wayne Gretzky’s goal scoring record in the coming years. Right?

    Playing the game.

    It is only illegal if they are caught, right?


    Wohooo! The rangers traded brett howden. Sorry Vegas, you have to deal with his nonsense now!


    Two notable goaltenders are not being protected.

    Quick and Price (waved no-trade-clause).

    Wonder if they are looking at being as successful as Fleury was in his time in Vegas.


    If Im Seattle I take Price no question. Who cares about that contract, you get a great goaltender.


    And it seems sports writer were surprised by this:

    Hockey World Reacts To The Alexander Ovechkin News

    The Washington Capitals submitted their full list on Sunday morning, but there was one notable omission from the 2018 Stanley Cup champions: star forward Alexander Ovechkin.

    Which many were predicting.

    Ovechkin, 35, is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, but he remains one of the best scorers in the NHL.

    One bad season does not end a career.

    Not seeing Ovechkin’s name on the protected list came as an initial shock, but there’s a perfectly good reason for the decision. The Capitals star left-wing is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

    The Athletic’s Capitals beat reporter Tarik El-Bashir firmly believes that Ovechkin will be back in Washington on a new deal next season.

    “Don’t forget why Ovechkin, a pending UFA, is not on this list. By leaving him off, the Caps were able to protect Sprong. I don’t envision any scenario in which Ovechkin signs anywhere but Washington,” El-Bashir wrote on Twitter.

    Especially if they already have a contract agreed to, but the timing for its signing won’t be till AFTER the draft.

    Playing the system, as it were.



    Jeremy Lauzon (D) is the pick from Boston

    Will Borgen (D) is the pick out of Buffalo

    Dennis Cholowski (D) is the pick from the Red Wings

    Chris Driedger (G) is the pick from Florida

    Cale Fleury (D) is the pick from Montreal

    Joey Daccord (G) is the pick out of Ottawa

    Yanni Gourde (C) is the pick from Tampa Bay

    Jared McCann (F) is the pick out of Toronto

    Morgan Geekie (C) is the pick out of Carolina

    Gavin Bayreuther (D) is the pick from Columbus

    Nathan Bastian (F) is the pick from New Jersey

    Jordan Eberle (F) is the pick from the Islanders

    Colin Blackwell (C) is the pick from the Rangers

    Carsen Twarynski (F) is the pick from the Flyers

    Brandon Tanev (F) the pick from the Penguins

    Vitek Vanacek (G) is the pick from Washington

    Tyler Pitlick (C) is the pick from Arizona

    John Quenneville (C) is the pick from Chicago

    Joonas Donskoi (F) is the pick from Colorado

    Carson Soucy (D) is the pick from Minnesota

    Jamie Oleksiak (D) is the pick from Dallas

    Calle Jarnkrok (C) is the pick from Nashville

    Vince Dunn (D) is the pick from St. Louis

    Mason Appleton (D) is the pick from Winnipeg

    Haydn Fleury (D) is the pick from Anaheim

    Mark Giordano (D) is the pick from Calgary

    Adam Larsson (D) is the pick from Edmonton

    Kurtis MacDermid (D) is the pick from the Kings

    Alexander True (F) is the pick from the Sharks

    Kole Lind (F) is the pick from the Canucks


    Goalies – 3

    Defense – 14

    Forwards – 8

    Centers – 6


    Opening Roster can only have 23 on it.

    The extras players are either for future trades or to help build their farm system, or both.


    It has been a crazy offseason this year honestly. So many goalies changing hands and weird moves being made by GMs in a flat cap season (unfortunately my team, the Rangers, are included in this silly mix). I didn’t expect this much traffic. Now if only this stupid Jack Eichel Drama could go away, that would be great.


    But then the sports writers would have less things to talk about.

    Sure, I think everyone would like that particular drama being finalized.

    I don’t know if the team is looking at what other teams are willing to trade for, for lesser players, before they get the deal they can live with.


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