I find it weird that for some reason, the Knights are not included in the list of teams that will have to sacrifice a player to the Kraken.

What is the reasoning with this? Is it that they are too new a team and they are given a chance by not letting one of their players get taken, or it's that the 30 picks system lands on a nice number and they decided to not change it?


It's because the Golden Knights are a recent expansion team themselves, and so they don't have to give up a player to Kraken, the newest expansion team.

This is based on the agreement the Knights made when joining the league. They wouldn't be part of the expansion draft for a number of years, but also wouldn't get a share of the expansion fee either. See this ESPN article:

The Golden Knights do not have to give up a player in the expansion draft, a deal owner Bill Foley struck with the NHL in their original franchise agreement in 2016. The only downside for Vegas? Foley doesn't get a cut of Seattle's $650 million expansion fee, which equates to a $21.67 million check for the other 30 teams.

Also as a side note, most NHL expansion teams over time tend to take years, sometimes even a whole decade, before becoming contenders. The Knights are an exception to the trend. Had they followed the usual trajectory, they would've been a mediocre team, with little expectation to be part of the expansion draft.

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    More specifically, it was in the original Knights franchise agreement that they would not be subject to any further expansion drafts for (some number of years I can't find right now). See e.g. "Why is Vegas exempt from the expansion draft?" at ESPN.
    – Philip Kendall
    Jul 20 at 17:50
  • OK yeah so its an agreement, and an usual one at that. And that also comes with that they dont get a cut of the Kraken expansion fee.
    – Fredy31
    Jul 20 at 17:54
  • Correct. I couldn't find the exact wording, but see my second paragraph, added more info including the expansion fee
    – alamoot
    Jul 20 at 17:56

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