A potential salary cap for the 2016-17 season wasn’t the only piece of significant news to come out of the general managers meetings on Wednesday morning.
The league also talked about expansion.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told reporters that the league will let teams know the final determination regarding expansion before the 2016 NHL Draft at the end of June. Teams will find out whether or not a potential expansion draft would occur for the 2017-18 season; that would be the deadline for new franchises to compete during the 2018-19 season.
Next step in process of expansion is for exec committee to make a recommendation. No expansion. 1 team or 2. Most gm’s think 1 team. Vegas.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 16, 2016
- The maximum number of players lost by existing franchises would be one per expansion team. If the league chooses to only add one team, current teams could only lose one player.
- First and second year professional players would be exempt. This does not mean first or second year NHL players, however.
- A number of protection scenarios were discussed.
- re: protection scenarios – one positional breakdown included seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie.
- re: protection scenarios – each scenario included only one goalie being protected.
- There wasn’t a concrete answer given regarding players with no movement clauses, but expectations appear to be that those individuals would also be exempt.
- According to LeBrun, teams must expose players which total at least 25 percent of previous season’s payroll.
If the league expands, it would be the first time new franchises are added to the NHL since Minnesota and Columbus joined 16 years ago.