Vegas being the only team exempt from the expansion draft can greatly affect Seattle's leverage. How? They can take on contracts/players/player rights from teams that either don't want to lose a player or want to protect players. Obviously they would have a handshake deal with other teams whereas they would trade the player back to the same team or through another team to get around any CBA limitations. Reason VGK would be motivated to do this would be to keep assets away from SEA in the form of good players or picks/prospect because not only is SEA in the same conference but the same division. It would be in VGK best interest to weaken direct competition. VGK could also deal only with Eastern conference teams since they will have limited amount of contracts they can take and probably wouldn't want to help out the rest of the Western conference. Just thinking outside the box. What do you think?