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Golden Knights hold cards as expansion draft approaches

Golden Knights hold cards as expansion draft approaches

McPhee has made it known that he's willing to cut deals-if you want a player, Vegas could select them and trade them to you. However, while exact details have been scarce, it's become clear who has a deal in place, and who does not.

The release of the teams' protected lists kicks off a busy two-week stretch for the National Hockey League. Heading to NY would likely result in a production boost thanks to playing with better players. The team will unveil its initial roster with expansion draft picks during Wednesday's NHL Awards Show from Vegas (8 p.m., NBCSN).

RFA. The skilled eighth-overall pick in the 2010 draft has been plagued by inconsistency but still teases, accruing 14 points in 26 games after being claimed off waivers from Winnipeg.

Instead, the Oilers are likely to receive a cheaper forward, likely a winger, who possesses less skill than Eberle.

"We will have a discussion with the league tomorrow night about what our team is going to look like and make sure we meet all the requirements", McPhee said.

Actually, it shouldn't be hard to believe, as a $750,000 breakout goal scorer with youth and upside sounds like one heck of a snag for a new franchise. Ryan has five years left on a seven-year $50.8 million contract and represents a $7-plus-million cap hit. He had just 18 goals and 23 assists previous year. He has a reasonable cap hit of $3.5 million USA for each of the next two seasons and registered 65 points in 2016-17. Opportunistic GMs can feed the Golden Knights' future to get a player who otherwise wouldn't be on the trade market.

“Theres a lot of unprotected goalies out there, ” Chayka said.

"I think there's a lot of options out there and it's something we're very active in right now", Chayka told Arizona Sports 98.7FM.




That leaves at least a handful of teams with work left to do, scrambling to keep coveted players such as Marc Methot in Ottawa, the Rangers' Antti Raanta and Michael Grabner, Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella in Minnesota, James Neal in Nashville and Jonathan Marchessault in Florida from joining Vegas.

"We're going to put our team together and watch it come to life in front of us". Both could have been added to a pool of three bloated contracts in Zach Bogosian ($5.14M/three years remaining, ) Matt Moulson ($5M/two years) and Josh Gorges ($3.9M/one year) and an exposed list of marginal players that included Nicolas Deslauriers, Brian Gionta, Derek Grant, Justin Kea, Cal O'Reilly, Cole Schneider, Brady Austin, Matt Bodie, Cody Franson, Dmitry Kulikov and Anders Nilsson.

When the merger was announced, the four WHA teams were allowed to protect only two players and two goaltenders apiece.

Along with the second overall pick, Carchidi lists Sam Morin, Robert Hagg, Oskar Lindblom, Mike Vecchione and goalie Anthony Stolarz as rookies who could crack the team's roster.

"If there's going to be an expansion you want the teams to be a little more competitive than perhaps they've been out of the box", National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman said in March 2016. “Im really interested to see how much movement that theres going to be.”. "But in a flawless world, you have two, three rookies on your team every year".

They are going team by team. But you also have to provide your fans on The Strip with some sort of entertainment in the first year. "If we put two, three rookies in the lineup every year, that's terrific". "That's why I feel a little more relaxed up here than I anticipated I would be at this time". Along with that possibility, it's important to note that this team is still limited to plucking one player from each roster, although there are hypothetical scenarios where they might yield creative combinations via trades.

Mark Messier left a Tier II team in St. Albert to play for Cincinnati.


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