March 16, 2016

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) While the NHL decides whether to add any teams, league has already come up with a framework for a potential expansion draft.

The plan with the intent of having more competitive teams from the outset was distributed to general managers at their meeting Wednesday.

The idea for the expansion draft would have teams possibly lose one player if one team was added, and two players if two teams are added. The rules for protection of players would be tighter than during the last round of expansion in 2000 when Minnesota and Columbus joined the league.

Teams would be allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and a goaltender. Players in their first two years in any league and unsigned draft picks are all exempt.

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