The Perfect Storm
As the NHL draft kicks off tonight in Chicago, there’s still an after effect of the expansion draft.
Some clubs like the Pittsburgh Penguins got off very well with the expansion draft and some didn’t.
The Predators losing James Neal for nothing was terrible asset management by David Poile of the Nashville Predators.
The Senators losing Marc Methot for nothing was terrible asset management by Ottawa.
A player selected in the expansion draft can’t be traded back to their former club until Jan 1, so any opportunity to make a deal with Vegas is lost for those club.
Surveying some around the league, the consensus is the Penguins got off very easy.
Nothing against Marc Andre Fleury who Vegas has valued to make the early face of the franchise and he’ll be great off the ice for them, but Pittsburgh had nowhere to trade Fleury without keeping some of the cap hit or taking a bad salary back. That’s been the case for several months.
One NHL source says Vegas let Pittsburgh off the hook and it’s caught many by surprise the Penguins didn’t come out of this having to surrender a first round pick and at least an NHL ready prospect.
Everything broke the Penguins way in how this whole Vegas situation played out in the months leading up to Wednesday night.
The Penguins were of the understanding in late March that if the Colorado Avalanche Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"