Czech F Tomas Hyka is 3rd player signed by Golden Knights

By 5:00 this afternoon, National Hockey League teams will need to officially ask players with no-movement clauses if they are willing to waive those clauses to be made available in the expansion draft.

When the puck finally drops for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in October, the area's first major sports franchise will be considered a long shot to win a championship in its initial season. They do not intend to do that by relying exclusively on players made available by the NHL's 30 other teams. He is comfortable playing a defense-first style, something that Vegas coach Gerard Gallant generally espouses, and played on the Kings' power play and penalty kill. Players don't enjoy that. They haven't been able to select a prospect in the top 30 since 2012, and giving up this year's would mean that NY wouldn't have a pick until Round 4. "Hockey should never be boring".

Unlike Bogosian, Pouliot would be half player, half trade asset for the Golden Knights. He is instead following the precedent he set during 17 years as the general manager of the Washington Capitals.

"We are excited to add the ECHL's Quad City Mallards as an affiliate", McPhee said in a statement. "That's a talented team".

Got all that? Good. It has size. Really had some exceptional seasons. "At the same time, we might have a good idea of which players they like as well".

Are you sick of expansion draft talk yet? Yes?

On June 18, the protected lists will be announced.

In other words, if the Hurricanes want to sign any of their free agents before the Entry Draft, they'll likely need to do it before the Expansion Draft.

Wednesday, June 21 Expansion draft day!

"All of those people are quality people, and I think that gives us as an organization a level of comfort - kind of knowing what they're about and knowing that their passion is winning", McNamara said via a telephone call on Thursday. "They encourage and then facilitate a real healthy discussion on players". Others will be left to the mercy of the draft.

Again, it should be underscored that winning consistently is the easiest way to keep the Golden Knights in the fore of Las Vegas' collective mind. They may acquire additional players as a result of *violation of the Expansion Draft rules. Although no such transactions have been completed, negotiations have made McPhee privy to the expansion draft plans of up to a dozen teams.

Additionally, those more expensive slots would ideally go to player-types who will be hard to find via the expansion draft.

But the Golden Knights' plan deviates from that.

In their history, the Wolves have twice won the AHL Calder Cup after also claiming a pair of Turner Cups from their time in the International Hockey League. "So being able to spend to the cap is not an issue". Although the terms have yet to be completed, the Golden Knights will have a 48- or 72-hour window around the time of the expansion draft to sign free agents, who can not be signed by other teams until July 1. On top of that, Pierre LeBrun has said there could be a first-round pick in play if the Golden Knights take on that team's anchor contract at the draft. As reported earlier, if the Golden Knights sign a free agent from a team as part of this window, that counts as their expansion selection from that team. It's the highest odds of the NHL's 31 teams. The hope is that they will soon be Las Vegas' newest must-see attraction. Said player counts toward the team's protection limits. "That in general terms will be our focus with respect to how we want to play, what we're going to look like".

  • Julie Sanders