George McPhee imposes deadline for teams looking to trade

For the next 72 hours, the National Hockey League revolves around Las Vegas.

Instead, he's put faith in his preparation and process. If one of those players ends up signing with the Golden Knights, he'll count as Vegas' selection from that team.

George McPhee is spending a fleeting moment as The Godfather of the National Hockey League during the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion window. "We have to establish value for that, and whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club".

The Islanders were the only team that protected five defensemen: Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech, leaving forwards Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome and defensemen Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey available. McPhee said Sunday. "It certainly changed today; it's a different phase".

The list of available players to the Knights suggests that might be the case. And now Vegas holds all of the cards.

With all the wheeling and dealing McPhee will be doing this week, it might be smart for Vegas Golden Knights fans to wait a few weeks before purchasing a jersey of their favorite new player. Florida's purest scorer was one of just 26 players league-wide to hit 30 goals last season - and he will only earn $750,000 next season.

"We've had a lot of discussions with free agents, we've had a lot of agents call, healthy discussions, and at this point, I don't know what direction things will go with respect to free agents", he said.

There is no time to waste at the Golden Knights headquarters. And every move has its price ahead of Wednesday night's official announcement of the Vegas roster.

For the purposes of the pool, guess who will be taken by Vegas, not necessarily who they'll wind up with after any side deal is completed.

"Nothing is final until everything is final", said McPhee.

Several general managers, including Arizona's John Chayka on Saturday, noted how the Golden Knights can corner the goalie market and use those assets as trade bait. Owner Bill Foley, who paid $500 million for the franchise, has been sitting in on the meetings.

Marc Methot (Ottawa) - On top of his addition improving the Leafs top four, another fringe benefit of acquiring Norris Trophy victor Erik Karlsson's defense partner would be to weaken a division rival's blueline (if they have not made a side deal to not select him). In others, any flip-flop between players carries a ripple effect across the board. "We can put a good team on the ice and accumulate draft picks and be in a surplus situation here in the next couple of years so that we can start with a real good team and then build it with these draft picks to a team that can win a Cup ..." They're going to lose a significant forward in the draft, one way or another.

Even after spending four straight days on the phone, he didn't seem daunted by the task. About 30 people managed to escape though at least two people were killed as the assault continued into the evening, authorities said. The other clubs needed time, much more time: Lightning (12 seasons), Ducks (13), Senators (14), Predators (18) and Sharks (24). "We're in a good place". Think about it. In the past year since the Golden Knights were officially accepted, there has been a cottage industry created around speculation over who would and would not be available, around mock expansion drafts and even the speculation over which players would be dealt before the draft so teams would avoid losing them for nothing.

  • Julie Sanders