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NHL releases list of players exempt from Golden Knights’ expansion draft, report reveals – Yahoo Sports

Now that the NHL’s expansion franchise (finally) has an identity, attention turns toward the intricate process of assembling a competitive roster of spare parts from the other 30 teams. A Sportsnet report on Wednesday revealed a preliminary list of 66 players who will be off limits to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The report cites an internal memo recently distributed to NHL clubs that outlines which players have no-movement clauses in their contracts, thus rendering them exempt from June’s expansion draft. Any player who possesses the NMC at the time of the draft must be protected by his team, unless the clause is waived. And though most of the names on the list were expected, a few might come as a disappointment for cash-strapped clubs hoping to unload a bad contract as Vegas attempts to reach its salary cap floor.

As Sportsnet notes, the biggest surprise may be New York Rangers forward Rick Nash.

Nash’s exemption is related to language in his contract that states his no-movement clause, previously thought to have been waived, is still active. The 32-year-old carries a $ 7.8 million cap hit next season and would have been an attractive add for the Golden Knights, whose contracts need to reach at least 60 percent of next season’s salary cap.

Some other players, such as Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask, who were expected to be protected, won’t be, the report said. Rask’s NMC expires just two days before the June 17 cutoff date for teams to submit their protected players. If it intends to keep Rask, which seems obvious, Boston will be unable to protect another of its goalies.

Below is the full list of players who are exempt:

Anaheim Ducks
Kevin Bieksa
Ryan Getzlaf
Ryan Kesler
Corey Perry

Arizona Coyotes
Alex Goligoski

Boston Bruins
David Backes
Patrice Bergeron
Zdeno Chara
David Krejci

Buffalo Sabres
Kyle Okposo

Carolina Hurricanes
Jordan Staal

Columbus Blue Jackets
Sergei Bobrovsky
David Clarkson
Brandon Dubinsky
Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell

Chicago Blackhawks
Artem Anisimov
Corey Crawford
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Marian Hossa
Patrick Kane
Duncan Keith
Brent Seabrook
Jonathan Toews

Colorado Avalanche
Francois Beauchemin
Erik Johnson

Dallas Stars
Jamie Benn
Jason Spezza

Detroit Red Wings
Frans Nielsen

Edmonton Oilers
Milan Lucic
Andrej Sekera
Cam Talbot

Florida Panthers
Keith Yandle

Los Angeles Kings
Anze Kopitar

Minnesota Wild
Mikko Koivu
Zach Parise
Jason Pominville
Ryan Suter

Montreal Canadiens
Jeff Petry
Carey Price

Nashville Predators
Pekka Rinne

New Jersey Devils
Ryane Clowe

New York Islanders
Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Ladd
John Tavares

New York Rangers
Dan Girardi
Henrik Lundqvist
Rick Nash
Marc Staal

Ottawa Senators
Dion Phaneuf

Philadelphia Flyers
Claude Giroux

Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby
Marc-Andre Fleury
Phil Kessel
Kris Letang
Evgeni Malkin

Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan Callahan
Valtteri Filppula
Victor Hedman
Steven Stamkos

Toronto Maple Leafs
Nathan Horton

Vancouver Canucks
Loui Eriksson
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin

Winnipeg Jets
Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom


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