Some of these expansion draft tactics hockey writers are throwing around don't make sense to me. No matter what, a team is going to lose a roster player to Vegas. But some writers are making it seem like GMs need to trade away anyone who isn't protected ahead of the expansion draft. First off, that only works if you have a bunch of teams with inferior players being protected. Second, the return needs to be more than a 4th or 5th round pick for the idea to make sense.
If you do nothing and just let Vegas take a guy, you lose one roster player. If you run around to dump an exposed guy ahead of the expansion draft, you've lost two roster players but have gained back a crappy draft pick. Makes no *fargin'* sense.
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