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Fleury among players exposed for Vegas NHL expansion draft

Fleury among players exposed for Vegas NHL expansion draft”

Las Vegas hits the ice for its first preseason game on September 17 at Rogers Arena against the Vancouver Canucks.

The NHL made public Sunday morning the protected/unprotected list available for the Vegas Golden Knights, who will make their expansion draft selections known on Wednesday at the during the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

With these requirements in mind, The Sports Daily took a whack at predicting the Golden Knights' selections, which will be announced Wednesday during the National Hockey League awards show.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong did not comment on the protection list Sunday.

Among players with previous connections to McPhee available are Stars center Cody Eakin, Red Wings defenseman Mike Green, Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer, Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Neuvirth, whom he drafted in Washington. "Our response is we're either going to claim that player for us and keep him, or the value you give to us has to be better than something else we could have claimed from that team".

The Predators were put in a bind in being forced to expose Neal, a 10-time 20-goal-scorer, because they elected to protect a fourth defenseman.

Minnesota's plethora of blue liners made Matt Dumba, 22, and Marco Scandella, 27, available unless the Wild is willing to fork something over, and 25-year-old right-shooting Trevor van Riemsdyk from Chicago seems ticketed for the Golden Knights.

Available talent was limited for Atlanta in the 1999 expansion draft as clubs could protect nine forwards, five defencemen, and one goaltender or seven forwards, three defencemen and two goalies. Vancouver's 2012 first-round pick, Brendan Gaunce, was exposed.

With two years and $4.9 million left on his contract, Methot, who has been Karlsson's defensive partner for five seasons, would be hard to replace because he plays big minutes, but the Senators have depth on defence and could have somebody else to step into that role if necessary. McPhee answered questions about his hockey team and the NHL's expansion draft.

Now begins the jockeying regarding some of those top players. Vegas must pick one player from each of the existing 30 teams, but there's only so much room on the roster next season even with some minor league prospects thrown in.

Ahead of the draft, the 30 other teams were able to protect a certain number of players from being drafted.

The Golden Knights are the league's newest franchise. "The question is whether they'll flip him to another team".

"With expansion, there's a lot of unprotected goalies out there", Arizona General Manager John Chayka told reporters on Saturday.

If Vegas decides to select a different Florida player, there are multiple options available.

"It had all the feelings of a trade deadline, but there was conditions", Flames GM Brad Treliving said by phone.

There may be some deals that bring an NHL-ready talent to Vegas, such as the reported deal that would see a pair of Chicago Blackhawks, Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk, end up as Golden Knights, but the primary goal for McPhee and Co.is to use this opportunity - nearly inarguably the richest expansion draft in league history - to build for the future with picks and prospects.

They are the only team that has the ability to sign an unprotected unrestricted or restricted free agent until 7:59 a.m. Wednesday.

In that scenario the Golden Knights may have selected Lehner, which would have put the Sabres in a bind, but he still would be the (probable) second choice amongst starting goalies behind Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury, the likely starter in Vegas next season.



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