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All talk, few trades before NHL's expansion roster freeze

19 June 2017

"We expect to put a good, entertaining club on the ice". "I have total confidence that they're going to come through". The Golden Knights and General Manager George McPhee now have a three-day window to build their team from the list of players exposed and also make deals with other National Hockey League teams involving those players.

There's also nothing barring Vegas from having a deal in place to select a player in order to trade him to another team. (For example, if a team doesn't want to lose an unprotected player, it may strike a deal to send a draft pick or a prospect player to the Knights in exchange for their not taking that unprotected player).

The Central Registry will accept these at the same time so that there's no amusing business around leaks or anything. Theyre not quite sure.

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.”. "Whoever we lose, we're going to lose a good player". Sunday, June 18: Vegas' exclusive window for free agent negotiation opens.

The Knights now have until Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET to submit their expansion draft selections and any standard player contracts that were signed.

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Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, is among the high-profile players left unprotected and available for the Vegas Golden Knights to select in this week's expansion draft.

Expansion-draft selections submission deadline, 10 a.m. Lindberg and Fast, both 25-year-old Swedes, are restricted free agents and hold arbitration rights.

The NHL on Sunday morning released which players each of the 30 NHL teams are protecting and which they are making available to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. "But they know how we feel about them". If the Golden Knights agree to terms with one of them, they are not permitted to take a second player from San Jose's list of available players.

Basically, the Golden Knights are free to choose from the list of exposed players.

There's been debate on who to protect with the last spot, and a case could be made for Hornqvist (top PP, unique skillset) or Rust (younger, better skater) but regardless, we don't think it matter because. The Golden Knights could swipe Rangers forward Michael Grabner, who scored 27 goals this past season.

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Hartman is coming off a great rookie season during which he recorded 19 goals and 12 assists, and considering that work the Blackhawks were going to do what was necessary to protect him.

The mock draft also stated that Fleury is very likely to join the Knights and has nowhere to go but Vegas for the expansion franchise.

Brad Marchand: The 5-foot-9 Marchand is one of just eight National Hockey League players to have scored at least 100 goals over the last three National Hockey League seasons, and Marchand has played the third-fewest games among those eight skaters (only Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby have done it in fewer games). "They only need a couple, and there's opportunities for trades from that perspective".

Probably a lot of wheeling and dealing once the trade freeze is lifted Thursday, a day before NHL Entry Draft begins in Chicago.

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