June 24, 2017

Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out

19 June 2017, 12:29 | Simon Arnold

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They can protect seven forwards, three defenseman and one goaltender (7-3-1) or eight skaters and one goaltender. Portzline notes that Pierre-Luc Dubois, the third overall pick in last year's draft, or Sonny Milano, the 16th overall pick in 2014, will not be the prospect heading to Vegas. Not when his contract drops to a more-than-friendly $4 million next season.

Former Buffalo GM Tim Murray had the framework of a deal sorted out with McPhee to protect one of the Sabres' players, as detailed here, but time will tell what Botterill has up his sleeve for the expansion draft. Here's what they said about teams in their market.

Such is the case with the Anaheim Ducks, who left defensemen Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen exposed because Kevin Bieksa's contract forces them to protect him.

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. Any pending free agent signed would count as Vegas' expansion-draft selection from that player's team. If the Expansion Club signs a Restricted Free Agent from the Available List of a Current Club during said period, the Current Club will not be entitled to any compensation from the Expansion Club.

One option might be for general manager Ron Francis to work a deal with the Knights' McPhee for Vegas to take one of the Canes goalies - probably Lack - in exchange for, say, a draft pick.

There will be a lot of hustle and bustle over the next few days before the Vegas Golden Knights pick their team on Wednesday. "I've been certainly talking to every team and will be talking to Las Vegas prior to our submission time tomorrow".

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As a reminder, the Golden Knights need to hit certain requirements as far as who they choose. There's been talk Eberle could be traded after the expansion draft to rid the team of the last two years of his annual $6 million salary for a D-man that Vegas would take off somebody else's list.

Riley Nash: Maybe not the name you expected to see this time previous year, but Nash is an incredibly affordable bottom-six piece and with the ability to play both center and the wing, there's no sense in the Bruins leaving him exposed for the Golden Knights.

This story has been corrected by removing Red Wings defenseman Mike Green from list of unprotected players. Of course. Although he's not highly regarded around the league, the Canucks really do like Luca Sbisa, and are loath to lose him for nothing in an expansion draft. But for Washington, exposing Beagle is a good idea. Not to suggest the Penguins would go insane and over-spend on a free agent, but less Fleury the Penguins would have about $20 million in space under the now expected ~$75 million 2017-18 salary cap.

Hear Mike Zeisberger's take on the Stanley Cup Final and the upcoming National Hockey League expansion draft.

The best bet is that either Joakim Nordstrom or Lee Stempniak will be snapped up by the Golden Knights, but I wouldn't be entirely shocked if Brock McGinn had his name called.

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