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You can expect a lot of 'horse-trading' around the NHL as expansion draft nears

You can expect a lot of 'horse-trading' around the NHL as expansion draft nears

The intrigue around the Vegas expansion draft has already begun as general managers scramble to structure their rosters so as to protect their most important players and assets. But who the team ultimately selects in the draft may not be the most fascinating part of the process.

While each expansion draft is unique, Barry Trotz has a good perspective of what to expect given that he was the first head coach of the Nashville Predators during their expansion draft in 1998.

“There's so much that's going to happen from now, especially when the lists come out,” Trotz told the media in May, “Then a lot’s going to happen in that 48 hours for [Golden Knights general manager George McPhee] and that group because people are going to try to make deal for players and picks and you take this guy and I'll give you this. There's going to be a lot of horse-trading.”

NOTE: Vegas’ window was extended to 72 hours after Trotz’s comments were made.

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As compelling as it will be to see just who McPhee initially selects, the real fun of the expansion draft will be the trades surrounding it.

The Capitals traded for Tyler Graovac on Wednesday in order to expose him and protect Lars Eller. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, shipped out budding star Jonathan Drouin, whom the team would have had to protect or risk losing for nothing. These are the types of moves being made as general managers to try to best position their teams for Saturday's 5 p.m. deadline when they must submit their protected lists to the NHL.

But the intrigue won’t stop once the lists are submitted. Once teams have exhausted every option at their disposal to protect certain players, then those general managers will go to McPhee looking to make deals in order to prevent the Golden Knights from selecting those players.

“Some of the best deals that we made in Nashville were those, I'll give you a pick and you pick from this list of players because we don't have a lot of interest in these guys,” Trotz said. “Those deals we got Tomas Vokoun, those deals we got Kimo Timonen. Those deals were better than anybody we could have picked from the expansion draft or traded for. Those were franchise guys for us in Nashville. They were the throw-in guys and they ended up being pretty prominent guys.”

That is what makes the 72-hour draft window so intriguing. Only one team in the NHL will be conducting business and everyone will have to work with them to make deals. Plus, let’s not forget that Vegas won’t be done once the expansion draft is finished. McPhee won’t simply be drafting his top roster for next season, he will be drafting the most valuable assets he can in order to trade to help build that roster.

This is going to be one riveting offseason.

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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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