Protected lists were distributed on Sunday morning and McPhee and his staff immediately began to grind towards the deadline of Wednesday at 7 a.m. PT when they must submit their expansion draft selections to the National Hockey League.
The Golden Knights, who begin play next season as the NHL's 31st team, will pick one player from each of the 30 teams.
The Vegas Golden Knights and general manager George McPhee are getting ready to assemble the first roster in franchise history. "Every team in this league has a chance to protect their roster". By 5 p.m. on Saturday, teams had to officially submit their lists of protected players from being selected by Vegas.
There is the possibility of working out prearranged trades with the Golden Knights to essentially dictate who they select in the draft.
While maybe not as Golden as the Knights of Vegas, the Hurricanes are in fantastic position.
The Golden Knights will most likely be selecting one of the players listed above, barring a trade is put in place by Wednesday. Is there a player that another team leaves exposed that the Stars will acquire from Vegas?
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Nashville GM David Poile said he has spoken with McPhee and that the Predators will do the best we can to protect as many assets as we can..
"This expansion draft, it's complicated things a little bit, I think everyone is gradually working through and ultimately we all know we're going to lose one player and you accept that", Yzerman said. McPhee is willing to negotiate with any and all teams willing to give up something to keep a certain player. 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.
The Blues can lose only one player in the expansion draft process. 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 Penguins instead protected Matt Murray a week after the second-year goalie led them to win their second consecutive championship.
"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. Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested recently that the upper limit might remain at or close to last year's mark of $73 million. He spent 10 years there before moving around the U.S.to wherever the best hockey development opportunity would be.
Not only that, Vegas looks set to have a surprisingly decent team post Expansion Draft.
The Rangers were expected to hang onto captain Ryan McDonagh, Mika Zibanejad, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller and another defenseman, likely Nick Holden, with a year left at $1.6 million, or unrestricted free agent Brendan Smith, in order to keep his rights while trying to sign him.