The time is finally set for the Nov. 22 announcement of the name and logo for the Las Vegas expansion team.
The unveiling will be 5:30 p.m. at Toshiba Plaza outside of T-Mobile Arena. Team owner Bill Foley will be there to make the announcement along with commissioner Gary Bettman. Team general manager George McPhee will also participate in the event.
Vegas will not know the members of their team, however, until next offseason, as at the end of June, there will be an expansion draft. Foley and his crew will pick a player from each franchise. There will be some guidelines, though. Teams will be allowed to protect a certain number of players. They will have the option to either protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie or eight total skaters and a goalie.
The new franchise will also have to be cap compliant. Players who have no movement clauses will have to be protected unless they waive that right.
The draft has already made teams make some difficult decisions. For example, the Anaheim Ducks traded Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they wouldn’t have been able to keep both John Gibson and Andersen. Also, certain players who signed this offseason have no movement clauses to ensure they won’t have to change teams again next offseason.