All talk, few trades before NHL's expansion roster freeze

NHL Set To Have First Expansion Draft In 17 Years As Las Vegas Golden Knights Get Ready For First Season

Now it's on Golden Knights general manager George McPhee to spend the next three days poring over the list of available players as the team selects one from each of the NHL's 30 teams. Penn State has had its share over the past few years, Eamon McAdam's status as a third round NY islanders draft choice the highest a Penn State player has gone.

"The issue for us isn't going to be, 'Can we fill out the roster?'" McPhee told reporters after the list was released.

"It was a rigid market", Treliving said.

Vatanen, who will miss the start of the season after having shoulder surgery, and Josh Manson were the odd men out in Anaheim, because the Ducks couldn't protect their all their talented core of defensemen.

Teams were required to expose a minimum of two forwards and one defensemen who were under contract for the 2017-18 season and had played a minimum of 40 games last season or 70 games in the past two seasons. Saturday, June 17: All teams simultaneously submit Expansion Draft protection lists to the NHL's Central Registry. I'm sure they'll sign a couple of free agents at some point this summer, much like they did previous year with Stempniak and Viktor Stalberg, but I'd be stunned if it was an impact player.

The objective behind this is to allow the Golden Knights to get a sense of whether or not they will be able to sign a free agent before going ahead and using a pick on them in the Expansion Draft. The Golden Knights can sign free agents from June 18-21, but any player they sign during that period also serves as their selection from that team in the expansion draft. "I've been certainly talking to every team and will be talking to Las Vegas prior to our submission time tomorrow".

The NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas begins at 8 p.m. and the Golden Knights' draft picks will be announced during the telecast. The 28-year-old jovial Finn is signed for next season with a $1 million cap hit, and it seems with all the goalies out there available to McPhee, the Rangers are just hoping he doesn't go for Raanta. McPhee had Brouwer in Washington and signed him to a sizeable contract, well aware of his leadership and intangibles. The 25-year-old has played effectively in a depth role with Chicago for the past two seasons, boosting up veterans like Brent Seabrook and Brian Campbell. Stajan has one year left and is captain material on a new, young team. Deals with the Knights can be made until 5 a.m. Thursday. Knowing they couldn't, or wouldn't, protect Jannik Hansen, they moved the winger at the deadline to the San Jose Sharks. Numerous commentators say he should be traded, though most doubt the Oilers can find a trading partner.

Marian Gaborik, right wing: The Kings would love to lose him and his contract.

First, if MAF is taken as expected, that means Pittsburgh won't lose a guy like Hornqvist/Rust/Hagelin/Cole in the expansion draft that many have expected they would all along.

Hear Mike Zeisberger's take on the Stanley Cup Final and the upcoming National Hockey League expansion draft.

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