Welcome to the NHL Expansion Draft Buzz. On June 21, the Vegas Golden Knights will reveal the players they have taken from the other 30 NHL teams in the NHL Expansion Draft. But before that happens, a flurry of activity is expected to take place with the 30 other NHL teams each finalizing its protected list.
Monday at 5 p.m. ET is the deadline for each team to request that a player waive his no-movement clause for purposes of the NHL Expansion Draft. The deadline for players to agree to waive their clause for purposes of the expansion draft is Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The deadline for each team to simultaneously submit its Protection List to NHL Central Registry and the NHL Players' Association is Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
Here's a look around the League at the latest doings as the expansion draft approaches:
Islanders don't ask Andrew Ladd, Johnny Boychuk to waive no-movement clause: report
The New York Islanders did not ask either forward Andrew Ladd or defenseman Johnny Boychuk to waive his no-movement clause, Newsday reported.
This means Ladd, who signed a seven-year, $38.5 million contract July 1, and Boychuk, who has five years remaining on his contract that carries a salary-cap charge of $6 million, will be protected from the NHL Expansion Draft.
The Islanders can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie.
Ladd had 23 goals and eight assists in his first season with the Islanders. Boychuk had 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) and a plus-11 rating in 66 games.
Panthers won't ask Keith Yandle to waive no-movement clause: report
The Florida Panthers have not and will not ask defenseman Keith Yandle to waive his no-movement clause, The Miami Herald reported.
This indicates the Panthers will protect Yandle from the NHL Expansion Draft. Yandle has six years remaining on the contract he signed June 23. The Panthers can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie.
Marc-Andre Fleury will waive no-movement clause: report
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has agreed to waive his no-movement clause, the Las Vegas Tribune-Review reported.
Fleury, who had nine Stanley Cup Playoff wins during the Penguins' run to their second straight Stanley Cup title, served as the backup to Matt Murray for Pittsburgh's final 10 playoff games. The Penguins, who can only protect one goalie for purposes of the expansion draft, needed Fleury to waive his no-movement clause to expose him to the Vegas Golden Knights. The request indicates the Penguins will choose to protect Murray over Fleury.
Video: Fleury waives his NMC for the Expansion Draft
Senators ask Dion Phaneuf to waive no-movement clause: report
The Ottawa Senators have asked 32-year-old defenseman Dion Phaneuf to waive his no-movement clause, TSN reported. Phaneuf has until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to decide whether to waive the clause.
The Senators, who lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, have asked Phaneuf to waive the no-movement clause so they can leave him unprotected in the NHL Expansion Draft. Phaneuf, who was traded to the Senators from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9, 2016, has four seasons remaining on his contract.
Players with no-movement clauses are automatically protected unless they agree to waive their clause. Teams can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie.
Bruins won't ask players to waive no-movement clauses: report
The Boston Bruins will not ask their applicable players to waive their no-movement clauses, The Boston Globe reported.
Bruins forwards David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Backes, and defenseman Zdeno Chara each has a no-movement clause in his contract. Barring a last-minute change, the Bruins will choose to protect these players, according to general manager Don Sweeney.