Hurricanes release protected list for National Hockey League expansion draft

After months of speculation, the list of players who will be protected for the upcoming expansion draft to the Vegas Golden Knights was officially released on Sunday.

“This expansion draft, its complicated things a little bit, I think everyone is gradually working through and ultimately we all know were going to lose one player and you accept that, ” Yzerman said.

Each team must expose one defenseman and two forwards under contract for next season who played a minimum of 40 National Hockey League games last season or 70 games over the past two.

The Capitals are likely going to lose either Philipp Grubauer or Nate Schmidt to the Golden Knights.

"What it does is, some of the things we were anxious about with no-move clauses and that sort of thing didn't happen and I think the harvest of assets that we are going to have now will be what we were hoping for". He has already declared giving the no-movement clause in his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which clearly makes him up for grabs.

Anaheim Ducks couldn't find room on their list to protect fifth year defenceman Sami Vatanen, who won't be ready for the start of next season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury. Theres a similar concern from the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators, who will most likely expose a few intriguing forwards to protect defensemen Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm.

Another example is the New York Islanders, who went with the unique decision of protecting five defensemen, leaving forwards like Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey available.

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The team is still looking to acquire available veteran prospects in the league. Along with Fleury, other goalies exposed are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth.

In advance of the draft, teams were required to submit a list of either eight skaters and one goaltender or seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender that they can protect from being selected.

Conditions are different from 2000 when teams lost two players to Columbus and Minnesota. Are the Stars going to chance it and leave one of them exposed, or has general manager Jim Nill already swung a deal to give Vegas a draft pick to protect an extra player?

"We've got lots of things lined up, but until we see everything, we don't have anything", McPhee told reporters.

"Some teams I'm sure are trying to do deals with Las Vegas if they have higher end players that they're willing to subsidize". Side deals - with offers of picks or players to avoid certain selections - are allowed.

Based on previous mock drafts, McPhee doesn't expect the Golden Knights to have any difficulty getting to the NHL's minimum payroll of 60 percent of the $75 million salary cap. Girardi and the Rangers bid an emotional goodbye after 11 seasons, but it was a necessary move as many of these are with Vegas about to poach 30 players for its inaugural season. The teams announced the trade Saturday prior to the NHL’s trade freeze for the Vegas expansion draft.

Andy Andreoff, left wing: Eligible to become a restricted free agent July 1. Not when his contract drops to a more-than-friendly $4 million next season.

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