There has been a lot of talk about NHL expansion over the last couple years. This summer, Quebec City and Las Vegas formally submitted applications for consideration. While those cities and the league continue the process of consideration, there are potential issues for the teams already in the NHL.
Adding new franchises – not relocations – to the league comes with a lot of questions.
- What will the impact of two new franchises on financial issues like the salary cap?
- How will the Canadian dollar impact a team in Quebec?
- And, perhaps most importantly, how will they fill their rosters?
Of course, an expansion draft would take place. The last time the NHL held an expansion draft was in 2000, when Columbus and Minnesota entered the league (or, more appropriately, re-entered in the case of Minnesota). In that selection process, 52 players were picked by the two teams. Chicago lost defenseman Radim Bicanek to Columbus and center Jeff Daw to Minnesota.
But in his “30 Thoughts” column on Thursday, SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman points out one intriguing issue that is apparently still outstanding.
Question being asked by agents and team execs: is a player with a no-move clause exempt from an expansion draft? What about a partial no-trade? This one’s going to be interesting.
According to GeneralFanager.com, the Blackhawks currently have six players with No Move Clauses on their contracts: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Corey Crawford. (Note: CapFriendly.com indicates Hjalmarsson has a No Trade Clause.)
Marian Hossa, Bryan Bickell and Trevor Daley have No Trade Clauses on their contracts right now, while the five-year deal Artem Anisimov signed with the Blackhawks earlier this summer also has a NTC.
How these clauses play into an expansion draft scenario will be big for every team, and the Blackhawks certainly will need to consider that when retaining players moving forward before any expansion takes place.