Agreed. I was just taking a look at our RFAs, and the biggest names would probably be Kerdiles, Sorensen, Sgarbossa, or Cramarossa, and I doubt any of them will be claimed. Apparently Etem will be an RFA again. Right now, I'm doubting he even gets a qualifying offer and goes to UFA.
Yeah, not worried about any of those names and Etem might get an qualifying offer, but its going to be a 2 way deal at like league minimum or something.
I think I read some place that non-FA players without contracts can still be protected.
But aren't first and second year players non-eligible to be taken? Not quite sure how it works, though. Can LV pick through your farm system for players that don't have any technical "years" in the NHL?
first and second year pros are not eligible for the entry draft and are automatically protected. I believe they can pick through your farm system as long they have been a pro for more than 2 years. I believe 'pro' means AHL or NHL though, not ECHL, WHL, or anything like that. I could be wrong
If guys like Ritchie and THeodore are auto protected then...
a) Getzlaf, Perry, Kesler, Vermette*, Rakell, Silfver, Cogs, Lindholm, Bieksa, Fowler, Gibson
*I believe Vermette has to be protected
If Vermette doesnt have to be protected then you wait an see if Bob makes a trade for a top 6 winger and protect that asset if they qualify. Otherwise youre protecting a nobody like Wagner I guess.
I wonder what it takes for a guy to be considered a forward. You could get tricky and make Vatanen or Manson a forward and protect them.