Hardware! Knights! Those are two representations of the big reveals that will happen tonight. Tonight is the NHL Awards ceremony. No members of the New Jersey Devils were nominated for any of them. So who cares, right? Well, you should care because of what else happening in that evening:
The Expansion Draft Results!
The official reveal of the roster is supposed to take place this evening as well. The New Jersey Devils protected eight skaters and Cory Schneider: Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac, Andy Greene, Damon Severson, the newly-acquired Mirco Mueller, and John Moore. Moore is the only contentious one of the bunch, but I’m generally fine with what Ray Shero did. When you’re a bad hockey team, there are not a lot of guys to want to keep around.
While the protection lists came out on Sunday, don’t expect Las Vegas to solely select from them. Las Vegas has been making side deals with other teams to essentially select or not select players for picks or other assets. They can also sign pending free agents in lieu of a selection. Of course, they can only select one player from each team. So, no, Mike Cammalleri and Ben Lovejoy can’t become Golden Knights. At least, not right away.
Based on this Nicholas Cotsonika article at NHL.com, Golden Knights GM George McPhee (say that three times fast) has an internal trade deadline for Tuesday. Some deals may leak out prior to tonight’s ceremony. However, the full results of the expansion draft will come out this evening. Learn which Devil is making the move to Sin City - and which members of other teams will be going as well.
All told, those are two important things for any Devil fan to pay attention to for this evening. Plus, some of you may actually be interested in the NHL Awards itself.
When Is This Event?: 8 PM ET, June 21.
How Can I Watch This?: TV is your best bet. NBCSN will air this in the United States. Sportsnet will air this in Canada.
While I’ll try to get posts up on the news later in the evening, this is an open post meant for your speculations, predictions, hopes, reactions, and responses to the Las Vegas lineup and the 2017 NHL Award Ceremony. All site rules apply (no swearing, no links, no inappropriate content, no disrespecting others, etc.). Thank you for reading and have fun in the comments.