As teams continue to shuffle players around and find new ones to start, it’s time to take stock of what is now known as the “Big Six” of NHL teams: Pittsburgh, Washington, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New York and Boston.
With a mix of depth and youth, the Big Six has been a model of consistency in recent seasons.
With the expansion draft set for April 12, let’s take a look at what we know about the next round of players that will join the Big 6:Pittsburgh Penguins – Forward Jordan Staal (left knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks)Washington Capitals – Defenceman Michael Grabner (shoulder surgery, OUT 6-8 weeks)Los Angeles Kings – Forward Brayden Point (upper body surgery, 1-2 weeks)Boston Bruins – Centre David Krejci (upper-body surgery, 6-10 weeks)NHL teams can’t sign players until April 12 but can sign the players on waivers from March 5.
After that, teams can start trading players that were signed to waivers by the previous NHL team and send those players to the AHL.
With so many teams, it can be hard to keep up with all of them.
We’ll update this story throughout the weekend with the latest news.