wprager wrote:If there is an expansion next year, as has been rumored, then the GMs will likely find out early, so they can make strategic trades to offset difficult decisions on whom to protect. For example, you can only protect one goalie and the Penguins would have to protect Fleury, since he has a limited NTC. They would have to preemptively trade Fleury or lose Murray in the expansion draft. There are likely plenty of similar situations around the league. Could be a record-setting off-season for trades.
I'm still not clear on that. What if a team has 20 players on NMCs? They get to protect more players?