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Rules for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft: Date, time, who's eligible, how to watch

Rules for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft: Date, time, who's eligible, how to watch

The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft is the first major event of the 2017 NHL offseason, with the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights assembling their first team. 

It is the league's 11th expansion draft, but the first since 2000. Being the first in 17 years, it is the largest gap in-between expansion drafts in NHL history. 

All of this is of course due to the formation of the Las Vegas Golden Knights set to debut this fall. Unlike regular draft festivities, there is no central draft location or event. Simply it is a matter of submissions and approvals by every team in the league. 

WHEN IS THE NHL EXPANSION DRAFT?

There is actually no event to watch, just the NHL announcing the 30-man roster for the new Las Vegas Golden Knights. This will take place during the 2017 NHL Awards ceremony.

What: 2017 NHL Expansion Draft (during NHL Awards)
When: Wednesday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Livestream: NBC Sports Live Extra

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There are specific rules for the Expansion Draft that the NHL announced, but below is a brief summary.

2017 NHL EXPANSION DRAFT SUMMARY OF RULES:

  • All 30 current NHL teams must submit a Protected List of players to the NHL by Saturday, June 17 at 5 p.m. ET
    • Either include a list of seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender OR eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender
    • Players with a "No Movement" clause must be protected if the player does not waive the clause
    • First and second-year professional players and unsigned draft picks are not eligible for the expansion draft and won't need to be protected
    • All other players are eligible for the Expansion Draft
  • The entire NHL is under a 'roster freeze.' No trades, no waivers until after the Golden Knights' roster is created
  • Protected lists are sent to all 31 teams on Sunday, June 18. Golden Knights are allowed to interview eligible players.
  • Las Vegas must submit a list of 30 players to the NHL by Wednesday, June 21 at 10 a.m.
    • Golden Knights must select one player from each current NHL team
    • 30-man roster must include 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders
    • 20 players must be under contract for the 2017-18 season
    • Salaries of the players selected must combine to be between 60 and 100 percent of the salary cap's upper limit

 

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

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Monumental announces major improvements for in-game experience at Capitals and Wizards games

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced an overhauled in-game entertainment experience for the 2018-19 Wizards and Capitals seasons on Wednesday. 

These changes include a new DJ stage, new permanent 3D on ice/on court projection system, along with new Wizards and Capitals entertainment squads, as Capital One Arena undergoes $40 million in renovations.

“We are committed to putting on the best show possible for every fan who comes to a game at Capital One Arena,” said MSE President of Business Operations Jim Van Stone.  “So, as we upgrade the facilities at the Arena this summer, we are also upgrading all of our in-game entertainment to keep the experience fresh and on the cutting edge.”

“We’re excited about these new changes to our game entertainment experience,” said Hunter Lochmann, MSE Senior Vice President of Marketing.  “We work hard to create the best, most engaging entertainment experience in professional sports and we hope fans love this new, revamped energy.”

 

Some of the other improvement announced were:

  • Digital signage experience throughout the fully-renovated concourses that will pull fans into an exclusively all-Wizards or all-Capitals team experience each night highlighting player and team imagery on each concourse
  • Sponsored quadrants in the Arena where fans will experience concourse takeovers and can expect special offers and giveaways from sponsors
  • Olympia ice resurfacer bus: groups of fans will be able to take pre-game and intermission rides
  • Award-winning, chef-inspired dining experience featuring options from premiere chefs David Chang, Cat Cora and Alex McCoy
  • A transformed and modernized PwC Club offering some of the best sightlines in the Arena and new 100-level lounge, both featuring top-of-the-line comfort seating and exclusive food and beverage options so fans can gather in style during the games 
  • A new in-bowl broadcasting platform for NBC Sports Washington

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