Vegas Golden Knights 'really happy' with players available to them

Vegas Golden Knights 'really happy' with players available to them

They need to send in a protection list for the NHL Expansion Draft by Saturday at 5 p.m.

So for the next few days, McPhee will not only be identifying the best talent available, he'll also be burning up the phone lines trying to turn teams' desperation into an even bigger gain for him. That forced the team to also expose top-pairing blueliner Marc Methot.

Sunday, June 18 Deadline for Central Registry to approve and simultaneously distribute the Protection Lists to all NHL Clubs (including the Expansion Club) and the NHLPA (10 a.m. ET). To be perfectly honest, if Penn State had a straight-to-NHL player on its roster right now this wouldn't be the first time we'd be talking about it.

Golden Knights GM George McPhee's chief goal must be to weaken each team's roster, but the players selected can not be waiting for the ink to dry on their retirement papers. McPhee is willing to negotiate with any and all teams willing to give up something to keep a certain player.

The Golden Knights lost a lot of money on potential sweater sales as theirs were not approved for launch a year ago when the franchise was awarded.

"It's a part of the reason we like this trade", Yzerman said of the deal, which netted Mikhail Sergachev, a high-upside defensive prospect who is exempt from exposure to Vegas. The Penguins instead protected Matt Murray a week after the second-year goalie led them to win their second consecutive championship.

The Predators elected to protect a fourth defenseman that exposed Neal, a nine-time 20-goal-scorer, including 23 this past season.

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There's also a wealth of proven goaltenders available given that teams were required to expose at least one. Along with Fleury, other goalies exposed are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth.

The unprotected list includes players eligible to become restricted or unrestricted free agents.

"I guess the good news is we can only lose one player", Fletcher said. But it's unlikely the two would consider joining an expansion team at this point in their respective careers.

The NHL is now under a trade freeze that lasts until Thursday at 8 a.m., with teams only allowed to make trades with the Golden Knights. Saturday, June 17: Expansion Draft trade, waiver and signing freeze begins for all teams besides the Vegas Golden Knights. So, as a hypothetical, a team that might be interested in Washington's Grubauer could incentivize Vegas to select him in the expansion draft and then subsequently trade him.

The other 30 teams in the league will have the option of protecting either seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goaltender, or eight skaters overall and a goaltender.

Regarding Abdelkader, who's 30 years old and signed through 2023 with a cap hit of $4.25 million, it's likely the Wings valued his grit and leadership. Montreal may have to cut a side deal with McPhee for a draft pick to have Vegas stay away from Radulov.

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