The NHL season is over, with the Pittsburgh Penguins claiming Lord Stanley by winning the series 4-2 over the Nashville Predators. For once in my life, I was cheering on Pittsburgh. I have never been able to gain much respect for the Nashville club due to its dirty play and, let’s just say, not very classy fan base. In my opinion, it was the least desirable Stanley Cup Final that I wanted to witness.

As I stated in a previous article, with upcoming changes for my Chicago Blackhawks, those changes have come and more are on the way. The inevitable trade with Scott Darling being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for a 3rd round draft pick in the upcoming 2017 NHL Draft. I was very sad to hear about it, but at the same time, I was surprised by the return that Chicago did get, considering the return that Los Angeles Kings received by trading Ben Bishop to the Dallas Stars for a 4th round draft pick in this upcoming draft.

There has already been another deal arranged, although not ofically announced with Trevor van Riemsdyk, and Marcus Kruger being sent to the new Las Vegas Golden Knights. Details of the arrangement have yet to be specified. One player at least will be taken by Las Vegas via the NHL Expansion Draft coming on the same day as the NHL awards presentation, which is June 21st.

Here is a brief rundown of the laws of the day for the expansion draft:

  1. Las Vegas must select one player from all existing clubs totaling 30 players.
  2. They must select 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3 goalies.
  3. Must select a minimum of 20 players who are under contract through the 2017-2018 season
  4. They are not able to buy out any players earlier than the summer following their first season.

Those are the basics, without getting into too much technicality. Due to the parameters of teams trying to protect certain players, it is already causing a few crazy trades that would normally not happen, such as Thursday’s trade that Tampa Bay made by sending Jonathan  Drouin to the Montreal Canadians for defensive prospect Mikhail Sergachev as well as a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 2018. Montreal also gets a conditional 6th round pick.

A part of this process involves a non Vegas expansion draft trade freeze deadline today at 2pm CT time. Also, the final protected lists for the expansion draft are due by 4 pm central time. Lists will be released tomorrow.

Let the fun begin!