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Jan 9, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>oilsince95</b></div><div>Understandable. Nobody wants to be getting rid of players, but the expansion draft will make stacked teams lose some good players. How do you see the Avs going about expansion? I figured with Byram and Timmins right there, they'd be open to trading a Dman for futures so they can protect more fwds like Kadri and Burakovsky, and even Saad if they resign him early.</div></div>
Under expansion rules, we have to expose one defenseman. Right now, that's either Toews or Graves as the Avs will protect Girard and Makar, and will be forced to protect Johnson unless he waives (*fingers crossed*). Most Avs fans assume he will either waive or be bought out to protect Toews, so that leaves Graves or a deadline acquisition as a *must expose* for the draft. If we end up trading him, it'll likely be for an upgrade at 3C, but that's a big IF considering all the injuries we're facing right now. My bet is that we dangle him in front of Seattle as expansion fodder.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>CD282</b></div><div>I'm not sure I agree. Samorukov is ready to step into the NHL next September, is millions cheaper than Graves and is probably as good or better. I think this trade is a loss for the Oilers, both immediately and in the future.</div></div>
Next September being the key phrase there. He doesn't look bad on paper, but I admittedly don't know too much about him. Right now, we need the depth and we all know how important depth is for a cup run. Consequently, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If Graves is traded, I imagine it'll be a hockey trade and not for futures.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Richard88</b></div><div>Expansion draft rules require every team (other than Vegas) to expose at least 2 forwards, 1 Dman, and 1 goalie who meet the criteria (i.e. enough games played this season, and under contract next season).
If EJ were to waive his NMC then we'd be in a good position, but there's no guarantee that he does that. The ideal scenario if the trade above happened would be the one below, especially if Seattle were to take Compher.
Mackinnon, Rantanen, Landeskog, Burakovsky, Kadri, Tierney, Nichuskin
Makar, Girard, Toews
Exposed: Compher, O'Connor, Jost, Johnson, Francouz (note: Jost isn't under contract next season so either he needs to be signed before the ExD to count, or LOC would need to play 26+ games this season. Failing that we'd have to expose Nichuskin).</div></div>
Definitely forgot about needing to expose at least one. I guess worst-case scenario, EJ doesn't waive and Toews is exposed. Then we'd simply have to trade/pay whatever Seattle asked for not to take him.