Sabres Expansion Draft Protected List

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

As a result, the Golden Knights are demanding draft picks from those teams in order to be steered to selecting other players.

McPhee told media that he'd already had calls from GMs across the league once they'd seen the lists Sunday.

These players, and many others, could be caught in third-party poaching.

McPhee wasn't prepared to discuss individual players when specifically asked about Fleury, but noted there were no surprises based on the numerous mock drafts the Golden Knights conducted over the past few months.

Though it's unclear whether he would be selected by Vegas on Wednesday, the 24-year-old was certain the Canadiens would not have protected him.

Riley Nash: Maybe not the name you expected to see this time a year ago, but Nash is an incredibly affordable bottom-six piece and with the ability to play both center and the wing, there's no sense in the Bruins leaving him exposed for the Golden Knights.

Key among those rumors and assumptions was that the Anaheim Ducks and Golden Knights have a deal in place that involves Sami Vatanen.

Buffalo: Slim pickings for the Golden Knights off of the Sabres' roster, but Zach Bogosian's exposure is a sure sign that his time is nearly up in Buffalo.

There's also a wealth of proven goaltenders available given that teams were required to expose at least one.

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

Rust's contract is also very team-friendly, with one year left at a $640,000 cap hit before he becomes a restricted free agent in 2018.

Vegas Golden Knights general team manager George McPhee during a press conference at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Las Vegas. Players that have been in the league for two seasons or less are automatically exempt from the expansion draft.

"This expansion draft, it's complicated things a little bit, I think everyone is gradually working through and ultimately we all know we're going to lose one player and you accept that", Yzerman said.

"We are still talking to clubs and we are open to doing deals with clubs if they want to protect their rosters" McPhee said. He intends to inform teams who Vegas is selecting in the event they want to strike a deal to have the Golden Knights choose another player.

The balance McPhee must strike, he admitted, is between stockpiling draft picks and prospects for the future with icing a competitive team in a new and nontraditional market for next season.

At forward, the Sharks protected Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl, Chris Tierney, Melker Karlsson, Jannik Hansen and Ryan Carpenter, who re-signed with the team Saturday for two years. Under contract for another four years at $7.25 million per season, the Bruins will instead focus on trying to find another capable wing to skate with Krejci, particularly on his left side.

Columbus: Watch for a possible deal, as it was reported by Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline that the Blue Jackets will send a first-round pick - the 24th-overall selection - to the Golden Knights to keep their squad together.

The release of the teams' protected lists kicks off a busy two-week stretch for the National Hockey League. For what it's worth, Wild forward Jason Zucker is a Las Vegas native so the allure of drafting a hometown player may come into effect. He's also your expected replacement for Dominic Moore should he leave via free agency come July.

The new cap ceiling will be about a 2.% increase from the $73-million figure used in 2016-17. For budget teams, the floor increased just $1.4 million from $54 million.

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