When Commissioner Gary Bettman officially announced the NHL's first expansion team since 2000 would be based in Las Vegas, Nevada nearly a year ago, the idea of hockey mixed with the glitz and glamour of the desert may have been hard to believe.
This means if the Blues have an unprotected player they would like to keep, Vegas could work out a deal for other players and/or draft picks to accommodate their wishes. The inaugural Golden Knights roster must be made up of 14 forwards, nine defenseman, and three goaltenders.
"We really like what we're looking at right now", McPhee said.
Wednesday, June 21Deadline for the Expansion Club to simultaneously submit its Expansion Draft Selections to Central Registry and the NHLPA (10 a.m. ET). Panthers general manager Dale Tallon released a statement that said in part: Out of respect for the process and our players, we will not be commenting on the makeup of our protected list until after the expansion process ends on Wednesday.
The Golden Knights are allowed to take one player from each of the other 30 teams, but there are rumors that some teams have made deals with the expansion franchise to not take their unprotected players.
The San Jose Sharks are a team in transition as they have gone as far as possible in the playoffs with this group of players.
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.
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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.
Awards ceremony, expansion draft unveiling, T-Mobile Arena, 8 p.m. Teams also must make one goaltender available who is under contract for next season.
That benefits the Golden Knights because it maintained a deeper pool of talent available.
The Golden Knights must select at least three goalies in the draft but could select more.
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.
Graovac, 24, had seven goals and two assists in in 52 games with the Wild last season.
Protection lists circulated to 31 teams and the NHLPA, 10 a.m.
After that there will be a frenzy of pre-draft trades and the usual flurry of activity just ahead of the July 1 opening of free agency, and numerous names we've heard floated over the last couple of weeks in trade rumors will likely be moved. "They only need a couple, and there's opportunities for trades from that perspective".
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