Vegas free agent window details; which Kings are exempt? - LA Kings Insider

First, some important tweets.

To underscore, no, Vegas may not sign RFAs who are ineligible for expansion draft selection, even though they may not have a contract at the time. (Looking in your direction, Kevin Gravel, Jonny Brodzinski and Paul LaDue.) Case in point provided by All Around Good Guy J.R.:

In addition to LaDue, Brodzinski and Gravel, players in Los Angeles’ system who are completely exempt from selection in the expansion draft are Alex Iafallo, Adrian Kempe, Matt Roy, Austin Wagner, Michael Amadio, Spencer Watson, Matt Luff, Joel Lowry, Patrick Bjorkstrand, Jonny Brodzinski, Oscar Fantenberg, Kale Clague, Chaz Reddekopp, Alex Lintuniemi, Jacob Moverare, Damir Sharipzianov and Zac Leslie. Lowry, Bjorkstrand and Leslie are also RFA in need of new contracts. Players with less than two years of professional experience are exempt from selection.

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As you are already aware, the Kings will protect either eight skaters and a goaltender, or seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender. Click here for an excellent visual representation of the pools the Golden Knights will be able to select from, courtesy of Cap Friendly.

During the window listed above by Pierre LeBrun, Vegas will still be able to choose eligible unprotected RFA and any UFA. Los Angeles’ current UFA are Jarome Iginla, Teddy Purcell, Cameron Schilling, Zach Trotman, Rob Scuderi and Vincent LoVerde, and its current RFA are Andrew Crescenzi, Andy Andreoff, Nick Shore, Justin Auger, Michael Mersch, Tyler Toffoli and Kurtis MacDermid. Obviously Toffoli will be protected whether he has a contract in place at the expansion draft or not, but for a player like Shore, who is not yet under contract for next year, or several intriguing younger players, there is the raised likelihood that Vegas is doing its due diligence on the player.

Keep in mind that a minimum of two forwards and one defensemen who played 40 games the previous season or a total of 70 games over the previous two must be exposed, and those players must be under contract for the 2018-19 season. Players who have no-movement clauses – in the Kings’ case, that’s only Anze Kopitar – must be protected.

Expect significant player movement across the league to take place between the end of the Stanley Cup Final and the start of free agency. This will likely reach a crescendo the weekend of June 17-18 through the NHL Draft the following weekend, and scuttlebutt surrounding TBD deals began to come forward today.

Vegas will be in position to stockpile a number of draft picks – likely tiered over the next several drafts, I’ve been led to believe – by other teams that will be looking to channel the Golden Knights to or away from certain players. The Kings’ goal: Avoid at all costs what happened in 1998. From the LA Times:

Taking goalie Frederic Chabot from the Kings was a bit of a surprise, considering defenseman Garry Galley was on the unprotected list. But the Kings sent two prospects to the Predators earlier this month in exchange for Nashville selecting Chabot.

The Kings sweetened the deal by sending defenseman Jan Vopat and the rights to unsigned defenseman Kimmo Timonen to Nashville.

I’ve done the research and after culling great amounts of data have come to the conclusion that Timonen would have looked pretty good alongside Rob Blake.

Player protected lists are due at 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 17 and will be revealed to the public at 7:00 a.m. PT on Sunday, June 18. “Happy Fathers Day!,” I will say to myself, weeping quietly.

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.