Marc-Andre Fleury among players exposed for Vegas NHL expansion draft

Ruben Hill
June 19, 2017

But uprooting your life to play for a National Hockey League expansion team makes for uneasy times, regardless of an inviting destination like Sin City.

"You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish", McPhee said, via the Associated Press.

The NHL froze its rosters at 12 p.m. today and two hours later teams submitted their protection lists to the NHL Central Registry for review.

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

In other words, not only will teams need to pay a price to Vegas to keep their own player, but they will have to meet or exceed the value offered to Vegas from another club at the same time.

The NHL Expansion Draft will be held Wednesday, June 21.

The players the Florida Panthers will be protecting from Vegas are...

The Hawks would protect Jurco as their seventh forward because they want to shed the contract of Kruger, who carries an approximate $3.1 million cap hit the next two seasons.

The Blue Jackets are reportedly including the 24th overall pick in this year's entry draft in their deal, per both TSN and Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

“It forces us that were in a situation that we felt that this could happen, ” Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said.

There's a three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie in Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury available and several 20-plus goal scorers, including Nashville's James Neal and Minnesota's Eric Staal. The Golden Knights could look to trade some of the selected players for extra draft picks or other assets, although a player can't be returned to the team from which he was selected until January 1, 2018.

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. Unlike interstate rival, Anaheim, that will lose young defenseman Sami Vatanen for nothing.

If Hextall privately believes he can get Weal signed to a contract (likely before free agency opens on July 1), then the younger player has more upside in the Flyers' future. Louis minimized risk of watching a key contributor walk out the door as a member of the newly formed Vegas Golden Knights come Wednesday night, when the expansion draft takes place.

Among those left unprotected, and available to the Golden Knights in the draft, were goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack, forwards Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck.

"People have identified people on other clubs they'd like to have", McPhee said. "Then we're going to go to that club and say: 'We have interest in this player, there's another club that has interest in this player". They left players like Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey exposed in the process.

"We were preparing as if the cap would remain flat, so the additional wiggle room might allow teams to retain a guy or get a guy they might normally not have been able to afford", a western conference executive told Postmedia on Sunday. Any player signed in this manor will count as the Expansion Draft pick from that team.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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