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Vegas Golden Knights hold all the cards in NHL expansion draft

Vegas Golden Knights hold all the cards in NHL expansion draft

"It's going to take us a while to pick the team (Tuesday), because one change in this matrix affects everything - with your cap now, with your cap going forward, with the cap that you have done for this expansion draft, with the cap that you need for the regular season", McPhee said. "You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish'".

"Every team in this league has a chance to protect their roster", he said.

DON'T SLEEP ON: Vegas controls the trade market and can make some extra picks to flip a goalie or two.

According to several news outlets, the Golden Knights have been getting offers from several National Hockey League teams asking them to stay away from certain players, and offering draft picks if they do.

"We can put a competitive team on the ice and accumulate draft picks", McPhee said.

Said Chayka: "I think the league will kind of wait and see how the exposure lists comes out ... then hopefully re-engage and see if we can make a deal that makes our team better". It's no certainty those players will be selected by the Golden Knights.

Fleury was left unprotected by Pittsburgh after he agreed to waive the no-movement clause in his contract. Neal has one year left on his contract with a $5 million price tag, and is one of the more established Predators left unprotected who still has multiple 20-goal seasons ahead of him. The fifth-year player, however, won't be ready for the start of the season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury.

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Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens were among other forwards left unprotected. As for defensemen, Minnesota exposed both Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella, while Buffalo's Zach Bogosian, Chicago's Trevor van Riemsdyk, Dallas' Dan Hamhuis and San Jose's Paul Martin are available.

Florida's James Reimer takes over for Roberto Luongo in the second period of a game in Philadelphia last March.

The Golden Knights have the ability to sign unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents who are eligible for the expansion draft (which excludes the Blues' Parayko), but that transaction would count as the team's selection. Each team had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. He's got one year left on his deal with a modest $1 million USA cap hit.

His appeal: Though he fell off offensively with a dip in luck this past year (24 points) and underlying numbers suggest he's slightly overexposed in a top pairing role, Vatanen remains an effective puck mover and transporter and helpful power play asset.

McPhee and Vegas goaltending coach Dave Prior have connections to Neuvirth and Grubauer from drafting them with the Capitals.

The former Capitals GM also previously signed Washington defenseman Nate Schmidt out of college and Sharks right winger Joel Ward in free agency and traded for Flames right winger Troy Brouwer.

When the protected lists from the 30 franchises were made public Sunday, there were plenty of surprises and shocks, including the availability of a proven goal scorer such as Neal. Las Vegas hits the ice for its first preseason game on September 17 at Rogers Arena against the Vancouver Canucks.


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