Las Vegas will populate its roster with NHL players this June via an expansion draft. It’s expected to be a catalyst for a great many things this season from a player personnel perspective.
“You’re quite aware of it, and it’s influenced a number of decisions to date,” said Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving, on the Marek Vs. Wyshynski podcast on Tuesday.
“Maybe not as prevalent that people would pick up on right away. But it’s pushed some signings that have happened to make sure that you’re compliant as far as the number of players you have to expose, No. 1. And No. 2, as time goes along, that it certainly will be the driver in the trade market, to a certain extent.”
Treliving said that teams are already prepared for what they need to do, and what their opponents are going to have to do to comply with expansion draft rules. To that end, he said the Flames have grouped teams into different tiers.
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