Rumor Rundown: Ducks and Golden Knights Have Deal in Place

Florida's James Reimer takes over for Roberto Luongo in the second period of a game in Philadelphia last March. The Golden Knights could swipe Rangers forward Michael Grabner, who scored 27 goals this past season.

The Red Wings elected to expose goalie Petr Mrazek in the expansion draft, protecting an older and more expensive goalie in Jimmy Howard.

Not one all-star from last season is up for grabs, and only one player from the league's top-30 scorers is available: 32-year-old Eric Staal, who resurrected his career with 65 points for Minnesota. “Is the player under contract? Stempniak, Nordstrom and Dahlbeck - who was signed to a one-year contract after the season - fit the requirements.

Every team - except for Vegas, of course - had until 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning to finalize a list of players they wanted to keep from being selected in the expansion draft. 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. With that in mind, here are the most notable names left exposed by their teams. The Regina native has a bomb of a shot, throws a nasty open-ice hit and looks to be ready for more opportunity after soaking up 20 minutes per-game for the Wild past year. We do know that the Golden Knights at least won't be starting the season with a bunch of players who are trying to prove that everyone was wrong about them. So too, many believe that Manson is an absolute keeper for the Ducks and that offering a trade option to the Golden Knights will allow the Ducks to keep both players.

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee had difficulty containing his excitement in anticipation of the NHLs expansion draft list being released.

Those were some of the more well-known names exposed by teams for the highly anticipated expansion draft, which will see the Las Vegas Golden Knights selected one player from each of the other 30 National Hockey League rosters.

"It had all the feelings of a trade deadline, but there was conditions", Flames GM Brad Treliving said by phone. “The staring contest ends. "Now you start to have discussions and see if there's things in there that can help".

So the Hawks are getting the Knights to take Kruger and van Riemsdyk in a package deal, although it's unclear what Vegas is getting out of this to not just take van Riemsdyk.

"With expansion, there's a lot of unprotected goalies out there", Arizona General Manager John Chayka told reporters on Saturday.

ROLLING THE DICE: Pending free agent Kevin Shattenkirk of the Capitals wants to be a No. 1 defenseman and could get that role in Vegas. They protected forwards Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Ryan Reaves, along with defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester and Joel Edmundson plus goalie Jake Allen. They only need a couple, and there's opportunities for trades from that perspective.

Defensively, Jason Demers was also left available to the Knights less than a year after he joined the Panthers as a free agent from Dallas.

McPhee plans to finalize the Golden Knights' roster Tuesday night, check with the National Hockey League to make sure everything's good to go, sleep on it and submit it Wednesday morning before the deadline.

  • Julie Sanders