The key decision for the Los Angeles Kings ahead of the expansion draft in June likely revolves around whether theyre going to protect three defensemen -- or whether they want to protect four.The difference between choosing either the 7-3-1 format (seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie) or the 8-1 format (eight skaters and a goalie) essentially boils down, I suspect, to whether the Kings will protect Brayden McNabb.Its a given that Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin will be protected.But is protecting McNabb, and going with the 8-1 format, the right call for the Kings? That would mean only getting to protect four forwards. Lets go that route for a moment. That means protecting Anze Kopitar (who has a no-movement clause), Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, most likely, and then exposing Kyle Clifford, Marian Gaborik, Trevor Lewis, Dustin Brown, Jordan Nolan?et al.If the Kings go the 7-3-1 route, however, and expose McNabb, they can protect many of the forwards listed above.Despite the fact that Brown has played better this season, I think the Kings will end up exposing their former captain, who has five more years left on his deal past this season, at a $5.875 million cap hit. Now the question is whether the Vegas Golden Knights would see any cache in selecting a player who has captained two Stanley Cup champions. Dont forget, Vegas has to select a group of players that, overall, meets at least 60 percent of this seasons upper limit on the cap. So GM George McPhee and Co. cant strictly go cheap and young. They will need to take on a big salary or two.It might also make more sense for the Kings and Golden Knights to talk about a trade for Brown instead, so that L.A. retains some salary that way. ?Again, I dont believe the Kings have made an official decision on Browns future yet. Were just speculating, but thats the whole point of this exercise, right??And what of the oft-injured Gaborik? If Im Kings GM Dean Lombardi, I leave him exposed. Gaborik is still a good player. But -- given that hes 34 and has a history of injuries -- the fact that he has four more years on his deal at a $4.875 million cap hit makes it easier to expose him.The Kings have younger players about whom they must make decisions too. Defenseman Derek Forbort and forward Michael Mersch, both 24, are each eligible for the expansion draft. The Kings have to either protect them or expose them.Swedish prospect Adrian Kempe, a 20-year-old forward, is exempt from the expansion draft, however.The Kings should have no issues meeting the criteria for the four players who top the exposure list: they have two goalies signed past this season in Jeff Zatkoff and Jack Campbell, whom?they can expose (theyre going to protect Jonathan Quick, obviously).?Matt Greene would be the defenseman they expose, and they have lots of options up front.Kopitar, by the way, is the only Kings player on the official must-protect list that the NHL sent to teams last month, and thats because he is indeed the only player on the team with a no-movement clause. Los Angeles has, as much as possible, resisted handing out no-movement clauses, and that policy will come in handy heading into the expansion draft because it affords the Kings nice flexibility.Dwight King is a pending unrestricted free agent, which means the Kings dont have to protect him because he cant be exposed in the expansion draft, although the Golden Knights do have a 48-hour window in which to speak to free agents before the expansion draft. Generally speaking, the smart play for teams -- if they have a good relationship with a pending unrestricted free agent -- is to wait until after the expansion draft to re-sign him so as to maximize their protective list spots.All in all, however, this decision looks like it should come down to what the Kings want to do with McNabb. Otherwise, Los Angeles is in fairly good shape in terms of the expansion draft. Womens UA Stephen Curry 3 . The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period of the Kings 4-2 road win over Edmonton on Sunday. Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings goal during a scrum. Black UA Stephen Curry 3 . Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. http://www.cheapuastephencurry.com/ .C. -- Todd Fiddler scored a hat trick, including the overtime goal, as the Prince George Cougars survived an 8-7 win against the Kamloops Blazers in Western Hockey League play Sunday. Yellow UA Stephen Curry 5 . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. Red UA Stephen Curry 5 . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. ?A Fijian-based team will enter Australias National Rugby Championship (NRC) competition in 2017 in whats being described as a major step forward in the game.The Australian Rugby Union made an official announcement at their Sydney headquarters on Friday afternoon, with the team to comprise of locally-based players from Fijis national second XV. The side will also play its home matches in Fiji.Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver says its a landmark moment for world rugby.We are incredibly excited to welcome Fiji into the Buildcorp NRC and thank World Rugby for supporting both the ARU and FRU in helping to make this a reality for next season, Pulver said.The Fiji brand of Rugby is arguably the most exciting brand of Rugby in the world and their inclusion in the Buildcorp NRC will enhance the competition both in terms of the quality of Rugby and by adding a huge amount of support and interest from the Fijian communities both in Fiji and hhere in Australia.ddddddddddddWorld Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont echoed Pulvers comments, saying it may not be the only Pacific Island nation to join the competition.The Pacific Islands play a major role in the sports heritage and future and World Rugby is committed to working with our friends and colleagues in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to further assist them with the unique challenges that they face, Pulver said.Participation in the NRC will not only provide a superb performance pathway leading in to Rugby World Cup 2019, but it provides locally-based players with a strong alternative to playing club rugby overseas should they wish to remain in the Fijian system.World Rugby will fund the Fijian NRC team for the next four years with officials from the nation hopeful of having a Super Rugby team within five years. 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