Fleury among players exposed for Vegas NHL expansion draft

In the list of protected players made public Sunday morning, the Panthers opted to protect eight skaters and a goalie instead of 10 players (seven forwards and three defensemen) to save one of their defensemen. It will last through Tuesday. They'll announce the team during the NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 21st but rumblings have already begun on who will be on the initial roster.

General manager George McPhee can start contemplating that for real after available players to the NHL's 31st franchise were released on Sunday morning. 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.

"What we've told everyone today is that today will be the last day we're going to have those discussions".

McPhee said he believes he "can accomplish two things" during the expansion process after selecting players and making trades with other clubs.

Vegas won't take Sami Vatanen or Josh Manson from the Anaheim Ducks, they've also agreed to not take Joonas Korpisalo, Josh Anderson and Jack Johnson from the Columbus Blue Jackets and won't take Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome or Calvin DeHaan from the Islanders.

After a half-hour delay, the National Hockey League finally released the protected lists Sunday for the upcoming expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights.

He can select players with the sole intention of flipping them to other teams.




"We are still talking to clubs and we are open to doing deals with clubs if they want to protect their rosters" McPhee said. Brodziak and Jaskin are players the Blues would certainly love to retain, but could be nice pieces for the Golden Knights to snag to fill immediate roles on the inaugural team.

Other Bruins players available to Vegas are forwards Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Dominic Moore, Drew Stafford, Brian Ferlin, Alex Khokhlachev, Tyler Randell and Zac Rinaldo; defensemen John-Michael Liles, Joe Morrow, Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Tommy Cross and Alex Grant; and goalie Anton Khudobin.

The unprotected list includes players eligible to become restricted or unrestricted free agents, which the Golden Knights have the option to sign over the next three days. "We really like what we're looking at right now". I had a chance to play for the Cup again, play for this team and win.

Among those left unprotected, and available to the Golden Knights in the draft, were goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack, forwards Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck.

McPhee plans to finalize the Golden Knights' roster Tuesday night, check with the National Hockey League to make sure everything's good to go, sleep on it and submit it Wednesday morning before the deadline.

Some players left unprotected, such as Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan, carry hefty contracts, which Vegas might shy away from so not to restrict the teams payroll structure under the salary cap. They also need another right-shooting top-four defenceman.

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". Reports indicate several teams are willing to ship McPhee a high draft pick or top prospect if he'll bypass certain available players He could also balk at taking on veterans with expensive long-term contracts, such as Ryan and Luongo.

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