Vegas holds all the cards with National Hockey League expansion draft list out
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 23:39
There may be some deals that bring an NHL-ready talent to Vegas, such as the reported deal that would see a pair of Chicago Blackhawks, Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk, end up as Golden Knights, but the primary goal for McPhee and Co.is to use this opportunity - nearly inarguably the richest expansion draft in league history - to build for the future with picks and prospects. It will last through Tuesday.
The expansion draft results will be announced Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show. By 5 p.m. on Saturday, teams had to officially submit their lists of protected players from being selected by Vegas. Vegas may be challenged to score in the early-going and Neal would help those efforts as a one-year stop-gap.
Teams were required to expose a minimum of two forwards and one defensemen who were under contract for the 2017-18 season and had played a minimum of 40 games last season or 70 games in the past two seasons. "Every team in this league has a chance to protect their roster". You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish'.
Among the other available goaltenders: Cam Ward (Carolina); Petr Mrazek (Detroit); Jonathan Bernier (Anaheim); Brian Elliott (Calgary); Joonas Korpisalo (Columbus); Ryan Miller (Vancouver); Jaroslav Halak (New York Islanders); Roberto Luongo (Florida); Antti Niemi (Dallas); Kari Lehtonen (Dallas).
General Manager George McPhee and the hockey operations staff of the Vegas Golden Knights are locked away in the team's war room preparing for Sunday's release of the protected lists by the other 30 NHL teams.
"What we've told everyone today is that today will be the last day that we are going to have (trade) discussions", McPhee said. The lockout threw things off a little, but six years after stockpiling picks at their expansion draft, Atlanta iced 90-point teams in two straight seasons. We know that the likes of Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, Valeri Nichushkin (yes, he'll be protected), John Klingberg, and Esa Lindell are virtual locks to be protected. They also wanted to protect Panik, whose new two-year deal ($2.8 million cap hit per season) kicks in this fall. A player cannot be traded back to his old club however. But if they'd like to launder him through Vegas, not only would they have to offer a trade haul to convince Vegas to part with him, but they'd have to outbid any other teams trying to do so, and whatever the Panthers are offering Vegas to not select him in the first place.
The Golden Knights must submit their selections to the National Hockey League by 10 a.m. Wednesday, roughly 72 hours after the protected lists went public.
Now, the ball is in the court of the Golden Knights and general manager George McPhee.
All trade roads run through Vegas. He has a reasonable cap hit of $3.5 million United States for each of the next two seasons and registered 65 points in 2016-17.
The Pen's sniper James Neal, on the other hand, is within the grasp of Vegas because the Nashville Predators has too many good defense players to keep.
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