When it was announced that Las Vegas was getting a new franchise, the first thing many thought of was: Expansion Draft! And that time is finally here. On Wednesday, June 21st during the NHL Awards ceremony the Vegas Golden Knights will have their roster officially announced. The entire list of players available to Vegas can be found on the NHL website. The Knights have to pick at least 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goaltenders from the other 30 NHL teams. Embed from Getty Images Joe Martini, Kyle Willaert, Mike Laybourne, and special guest, Managing Editor of Wings Nation, Mr. Nick Seguin, are here toRead More →

The final 4. With the Stanley Cup Final here, we look at the last 4 surviving teams to see who will be protected and who will be left for the Vegas Golden Knights to select from. With 4 clearly quality rosters, there ought to be something worth selecting for the Knights.   Mike, Joe and Carl make the picks this time. For the previous teams selected: Oilers, Rangers, Blues, Capitals Bruins, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Canadiens Flames, Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks Sabres, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings, Islanders, Flyers, Lightning Coyotes, Avalanche, Stars, Red Wings, Devils, Canucks, Jets Rules and regulations for the expansion draft can be found on NHL.comRead More →

It’s time to look at the next bunch of lovable losers in the NHL playoffs.  These four lost in the conference finals, with a wide range of emotions. The Oilers were happy to get that far while the Capitals were furious to get bounced by the Penguins for the second year in a row. Today, Mike, Kyle, Joe and Carl let you know who will be chosen to be protected and left unprotected for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. Previous teams can be found here: Bruins, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Canadiens Flames, Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks Sabres, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings, Islanders,Read More →

A short while ago we looked at 2017’s Jack Adams Award nominees, but of the three worthy candidates, who should win? The answer is John Tortorella, the 2004 award winner deserves to win again, edging out Todd McLellan and Mike Babcock. John Tortorella has had many critics in the past, thanks in part to his feisty relationships with his players and the press, but his management style has attracted a lot of positive attention recently and has been the focus of a series on NHL.com. Embed from Getty Images Torts’ Columbus Blue Jackets start to the season was decent, but after defeating the Tampa BayRead More →

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins This is what the hockey world dreams about. Two of the worlds best players, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin square off in a battle for the ages. The Capitals enter the second round after fighting off a young but exciting Toronto Maple Leafs in 6 games. Washington is coming off its second Presidents trophy in a row and the favorites to finally take home Lord Stanley. Sidney Crosby will have something to say about that, as he has many times before. The Penguins are 8-1 all time in the playoffs  versus the Capitals. This series will be as physical asRead More →

This June, Gerard Gallant and the Vegas Golden Knights will be selecting some team-mates for Reid Duke, and on June 18 we will be able to see which players each team protected and which will find out that they’re not the favorite child. In the sections that follow, Carl Landra, Joe Martini and Mike Laybourne bring you their selections for who the second lot of 7 teams eliminated from the NHL playoffs will protect, and who they’ll leave exposed in the upcoming expansion draft. You can read about the first 7 here. But first, the rules. The Rules The most basic rules of who can and cannot be protected for the Golden Knights expansion draft areRead More →