Projecting the Dallas Stars protection list for NHL expansion

"We're in good shape, that's not an issue for us, " Hextall said.

Nashville Predators forward James Neal and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen also were left unprotected. The annual awards ceremonies will be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Seventeen years have passed, and it appears general managers are still determining how to best protect their rosters, even as a key deadline for the Vegas Golden Knights draft draws near. Until Wednesday at 10 AM ET McPhee and his team, which consists of several former Capitals scouts and coaches, will pour over a list of available players for the expansion draft. Sunday, June 18: Protection lists are approved and distributed to teams and the NHL Players' Association.

This means if the Blues have an unprotected player they would like to keep, Vegas could work out a deal for other players and/or draft picks to accommodate their wishes. If one of those players ends up signing with the Golden Knights, he'll count as Vegas' selection from that team.

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported the Columbus Blue Jackets are set to give the Golden Knights the No. 24 overall pick in the 2017 National Hockey League draft and a prospect in exchange for the expansion team only taking Matt Calvert, William Karlsson or Ryan Murray.

The ice is down as the Vegas Golden Knights host a Glass Seat Reveal for prospective premium ticket members at the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

The Carolina Hurricanes will lose a player when the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL's newly minted team, finally stocks their roster next week.

The Blackhawks went the 7-3-1 route with their protected players: Forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov, Richard Panik, Ryan Hartman and Tomas Jurco were protected, as were defensemen Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson and goaltender Corey Crawford.

McPhee provided some fascinating food for thought in his press conference following the league's announcement of all 30 teams' available and protected players.

The Knights can also negotiate contracts with teams' unprotected unrestricted and restricted free agents beginning on Sunday.

Vegas GM George McPhee then has until 10 a.m. Wednesday to make his selections, with all 30 teams to lose at least one player. The Philadelphia Flyers didn't protect goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who the team signed to a two-year, $5 million contract extension in March. That would settle the Canes' goalie situation and keep the Knights from taking Stempniak or Nordstrom, two players with value.

As a reminder, the Golden Knights need to hit certain requirements as far as who they choose.

The Bruins also must expose one defenseman and two forwards who are under contract in 2017-18 and played in 40 or more National Hockey League games the prior season or played in 70 or more National Hockey League games in the prior two seasons, along with one goaltender who is under contract in 2017-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18.

Probably a lot of wheeling and dealing once the trade freeze is lifted Thursday, a day before NHL Entry Draft begins in Chicago.

Aside from the Knights, the other 30 teams are now under a roster freeze until Thursday.

  • Larry Hoffman