Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

NHL Expansion Draft: Ottawa Senators Protection Strategy

NHL Expansion Draft: Ottawa Senators Protection Strategy

They could select and/or sign a veteran like Fleury, or fellow Cup winners Cam Ward or Jimmy Howard, to mentor and share the load with a less-experienced netminder or two. However, since we know that this draft doesn't have a ton of depth, nor what scouts deem to be a generational talent at the top, the best the Golden Knights can hope for from this afterthought of an event is to find a player who can help the club down the road and quickly be a solid serviceable player to support the team's random collection of castoffs. Saturday, July 1: The NHL's free agency period opens. We can just sit back and expose the players we want to expose, we can pay a price to get a certain player off a different team through (Vegas), we can pay a price to get them not to take a player. They proved able to carry the Oilers to their best season in a decade in 2016-17, and are clearly the future of Edmonton's defence corps alongside Darnell Nurse and Matt Benning, neither of whom require protection in this draft. There is no word on whether the Rangers have approached Vegas GM George McPhee with a side deal to prevent Lindberg and/or others from being taken in the draft, but he could be left unprotected.

Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet reported the Jackets and Knights may have had talks centered on Clarkson, with Columbus sending a first-round pick and potentially a young player to Las Vegas.

Poile has options on just who chooses to protect.

Of course, the Avalanche could decide to protect Pickard and expose the 29-year-old Varlamov and his $5.9 million cap hit through 2019, which would scuttle this neat little plan. But unless they toss Vegas a prospect I don't see it happening.

At 9 a.m., the expansion draft will officially take place in Las Vegas. Defencemen Griffin Reinhart and Tyler Pitlick might be the most attractive players available to Vegas. They don't need to lose extra assets. The Flames would be thrilled if McPhee assumed the final three years of Brouwer's contract, worth $4.5 per season, and likely would be willing to sweeten the pot in an effort to part ways with him. With Brian Elliott a pending UFA, the Flames have no NHL-level goalies under contract to be exposed.

One way or another, it appears that the Wild is going to end up with a hole or two on the blueline when the dust settles on the Expansion Draft next week. Could there be more trades for these guys?

Grabbing as many goalies as possible in the expansion draft is hardly a new idea. They are expected to pursue a deal to move him for something leading into it.

He said he always considered himself a student of the game, and his frequent role as captain meant he served as a liaison between the players and the staff, something that gave him additional insight into coaching. "We have to figure out what's best for us, not only next year, but moving forward". He is entering the third year of a seven-year $42 million deal and owns a cap hit of $6 million. Would the Canucks have the guts to pull off a shocker like this? "I'm proud of my playing career, and I'm proud of my five years spent playing with the Brandon Wheat Kings and that it led to my 14-year pro career, which was obviously capped off by playing in the National Hockey League and winning a Calder Cup championship last season with the Lake Erie Monsters".

Considering Grubaueer's skill, age, success and that he was drafted by McPhee - then the Washington Capitals general manager - in 2010, it's hard to imagine he will not be a Golden Knight next season, if not their No. 1 goalie.

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