Many of the players on the no-movement list have that clause because teams don’t want them to move. Typically, these aren’t perks given to the rank and file.
The list of players with no-movement clauses who will have to be protected in the expansion draft is headlined by players like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Jamie Benn, John Tavares, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos. It wouldn’t matter if they had no-movement clauses or not. Teams are protecting those guys from Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee.
But the list of players with no-movement clauses circulated to general managers is 66 players deep. Not all of those players are guys teams want to keep. That’s just the reality.
According to an NHL source, a window opened in January that closes on June 12 in which teams are allowed to ask their players with no-movement clauses whether or not they’d be willing to waive it in order to be exposed to Vegas. It would certainly be useful information to have on hand before the March 1 trade deadline. More on that in a moment.
Responses from the team side and the agent side pretty much give an indication of the gap in expectations when it comes to waiving no-movement clauses before the expansion draft.