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Kevin Bieksa May Hold The Key For The Ducks’ Off-Season

from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Kevin Bieksa could hold the keys to the kind of player the Ducks will lose in the upcoming NHL expansion draft.

The veteran defenseman has a no-movement clause in a contract that enters its final year in July. And with that, Bieksa can make the Ducks protect him along with the other three players with such clauses who’ll certainly be kept from the draft – Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Corey Perry.

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will select one player from each of the other 30 teams, and Bieksa’s clause presents a challenge for the Ducks in terms of those they want to keep. The Ducks are aiming to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie.

To keep a critical forward such as Jakob Silfverberg from exposure, the Ducks were expected to ask Bieksa to waive his no-movement clause so that would allow them to protect either defenders Josh Manson or Sami Vatanen along with Hampus Lindholm and Cam Fowler.

Bieksa had to be notified of the team’s intent by 2 p.m.(PT) Monday and, if asked as is expected, has until Friday to decide if he’ll waive it or not. The team did not comment and Bieksa’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, would not confirm if his client had been asked.

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I hope he refuses. And I hope Phaneuf refuses too, and I hope that every player with an NMC who is asked to waive it refuses.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/13/17 at 08:58 AM ET

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Why? Because of the expansion draft nonsense or…?  Players get asked to waive NMCs often, it can be beneficial for both sides.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/13/17 at 09:16 AM ET

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Per Bob McKenzie:

Bob McKenzie‏Verified account @TSNBobMcKenzie 7m7 minutes ago

It’s believed ANA has a pre-arranged deal in place with VGK so it isn’t necessary to ask Kevin Bieksa to waive his NMC.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/13/17 at 11:12 AM ET

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Apparently MAF is being exposed in Pittsburgh, too.  He just waived his NMC.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/13/17 at 11:13 AM ET

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Fleury agreed to waive his NMC in February apparently - which would make me believe he’s going to be traded to a club that can protect him because that would have given time for Rutherford to find a suitor, avoiding the Vegas death trap.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/13/17 at 11:33 AM ET

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Why? Because of the expansion draft nonsense or…?

I only meant in the expansion draft instance.  I’d rather not see teams like Anaheim getting a break by being able to get out from under their shitty NMC contacts.

It’s believed ANA has a pre-arranged deal in place with VGK so it isn’t necessary to ask Kevin Bieksa to waive his NMC.

Good, I hope it costs Anaheim something.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/13/17 at 02:22 PM ET

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