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

Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out

Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out

The NHL released each team's protection lists on Sunday, revealing to all the talent the expansion franchise will be able to select, flip, or hold hostage for futures, as it gets set to make its selections on Wednesday. Massive trade deals have been made to cut down certain team's salary caps, players have been asked to waive their "No Movement" clauses.

"We really like what we're looking at right now", McPhee told reporters.

Among players with previous connections to McPhee available are Stars center Cody Eakin, Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer, Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Neuvirth, whom he drafted in Washington.

Washington isn't the only team that might see a talented player plucked from its roster for nothing.

Defensemen: Victor Bartley, Matt Dumba, Christian Folin, Guillaume Gelinas, Alexander Gudbranson, Gustav Olofsson, Nate Prosser, Marco Scandella, Mike Weber. The Islanders were the only team to protect five defensemen, and they might still lose blue-liner Calvin de Haan. He is an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent, was a (somewhat) healthy scratch in two straight elimination playoff games, and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson is expected to be in the fold for a full-time National Hockey League spot next season.

The Panthers will have Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad, Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle, Alex Petrovic, Mark Pysyk and Roberto Luongo protected in the draft. He's a former first round pick. The Philadelphia Flyers didn't protect goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who the team signed to a two-year, $5 million contract extension in March.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a trade in place with the Vegas Golden Knights, as TFP has already reported, but the parameters of the deal are coming to life.

In Buffalo, he will be given the opportunity to play a top-four role on a team retooling its defense under Housley, who was hired on Thursday.

"This means that before the Golden Knights claim a player off a team's unprotected list, [general manager George] McPhee and his staff are willing to negotiate deals so the other clubs do not lose a player they would otherwise like to keep".

"I'm really pleased with what's available", McPhee said Sunday.

As a forward for the St. Louis Blues during the 1998 and 2000 expansion drafts, Craig Conroy was on the team's protected list both times.

Among those left unprotected, and available to the Golden Knights in the draft, were goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack, forwards Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck. Also needing to be accommodated are defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones, with a year to run on their deals and significant raises due. It's clear that Blackhawks' general manager Stan Bowman is fairly high on Tomas Jurco, given the fact that he gave up a third round draft pick for him at the trade deadline.

Then comes the start of free agency, which opens on July 1. At the end of the draft the Golden Knights' roster must consist of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies.

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