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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>OldNYIfan</b></div><div>Seattle HAS to take three goalies in the XD, so that removes UFAs Driedger, Ullmark and Andersen, and besides, there is no guarantee that Seattle will be able to sign any of them. That leaves Allen, Khudobin, and the Minnesota and Arizona duos on your list -- exactly the same guys I identified, and no more. And as I said before, Allen and Khudobin, while excellent backups, don't have the upside remaining to think that they will be future number ones. So I think Vanacek, who along with Hill is the only potentially available goalie who DOES have number one potential left, becomes Seattle's choice from the Caps by default.
I doubt that Dillon would appeal to Seattle more than Vanecek because if there's one thing this expansion-draft pool is full of, it's veteran LDs. I think Washington protects Schultz for just that reason.
I don't think Sheary or Sprong is likely to make anyone forget Marchsseault and Smith. They've both bounced around enough that I think they've reached their maximum level of development -- particularly 29-year-old Sheary.</div></div>
WSH needs cap space (especially if they don't move Kuzy) so that is why they will (just my prediction) expose Schultz (freeing up $4 mil) while keeping the young, cheap goaltender tandem. One of the worst possible things that could happen to WSH is if Seattle takes either Sprong or Vanacek. Both are young, effective, and cheap. Caps need that.
Vegas took 13 defenders as well so if this trend continues (trend being only one team I know), Schultz would be a very good addition. Vanacek would also be a great addition, don't get me wrong. But I think an experienced, puck-moving, powerplay point RHD defender is tough to come by. But that is just me - not sure who else will be exposed etc etc.