Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Vegas holds trade cards during expansion draft window

Vegas holds trade cards during expansion draft window

The Golden Knights' selection - one from each National Hockey League club - will be revealed at the 2017 National Hockey League awards and expansion draft on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. They will begin playing next season and will be the 15th team in the Western Conference and eighth in the Pacific Division.

"We can put a competitive team on the ice and accumulate draft picks", McPhee said, via the Knights Twitter account. Even though teams can only trade with the Golden Knights from now until the expansion draft, Vegas is going all out with a big reveal all throughout the day.

The list is likely moot as the Vegas Golden Knights are expected to claim Fleury, meaning the rest of the players on the list will remain with the Penguins.

Among those protected by the Blues, who chose to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goal - as Blues general manager Doug Armstrong indicated to the media during the Blues' exit meetings - were forwards Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund and Ryan Reaves, defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester and Joel Edmundson and goalie Jake Allen.

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

McPhee and Vegas goaltending coach Dave Prior have connections to Neuvirth and Grubauer from drafting them with the Capitals.

"We don't have anything", McPhee said. We now have some control over what's happening now. Arizona and Philadelphia are in need of starters. Anaheim wants to keep defensemen Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson, Columbus wants to keep goalie Joonas Korpisalo, forward Josh Anderson, and defenseman Jack Johnson, and NY wants to keep forwards Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas.

The Senators were handcuffed by veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf's decision to not waive his no-movement clause.

That benefits the Golden Knights because it maintained a deeper pool of talent available.

$4.5 million. McPhee traded for Brouwer in Washington and knows what type of leader the rugged 31-year-old winger is.

His appeal: He's six foot three and 215 pounds, mobile for someone that size, and a punishing force physically. Vegas could look at Boston's Colin Miller (24), Edmonton's Griffin Reinhart (23) and Buffalo's Zach Bogosian (26). DeHaan is a restricted free agent who would add stability to the blueline.

"It's a very interesting situation", Shattenkirk said.

The deadline for the Golden Knights' selections isn't until 7 a.m. Wednesday but McPhee and his team want to be early in case of complications.

San Jose has two notable veteran free agents in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Vegas could use free agency to stock its top forwards, as it already has by signing Vadim Shipacyhov out of the KHL.

The NHL salary cap has been set at $75 million for this season in a slight increase over previous year.

"It's been the most fun I've ever had", McPhee said.

His appeal: Turns out Staal still might have more to give as a top-two National Hockey League centre - rebounding from a meek finish in Carolina with 28 goals and 65 points in his first season for the Wild. At the least, the Golden Knights could field inquiries and see if someone is willing to bite on an aging goalie who makes tons of sense in Vegas but may make even more sense to McPhee if he reels in considerable assets. Anaheim's Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson, New York's Calvin de Haan, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome, and Columbus' Josh Anderson are believed to be among those.

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