The Fleury-to-Vegas speculation ignited what is sure to be a chaotic two-week period in which the expansion and entry drafts are expected to be accompanied by a flurry of trades that will, in the end, fill the roster of McPhee's squad.
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. The inaugural Golden Knights roster must be made up of 14 forwards, nine defenseman, and three goaltenders. "That really didn't happen, which we were really happy about", said McPhee. Sunday, June 18: Protection lists are approved and distributed to teams and the NHL Players' Association.
The Golden Knights are allowed to take one player from each of the other 30 teams, but there are rumors that some teams have made deals with the expansion franchise to not take their unprotected players. Fleury was nearly traded at the deadline due to the Penguins already having Matt Murray in net but they chose to keep him for their playoff run; a good decision as Fleury starred in the first two rounds with Murray nursing an injury. Ryan has five years left on a seven-year $50.8 million contract and represents a $7-plus-million cap hit. 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. To keep Nate on the team, the Capitals would have to trade a player or prospects that could turn out to be worth more than Schmidt or outbid another team's offer to Vegas for the player.
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Hodgkinson, who was shot by police and later died, apparently had been living out of his van in Alexandria since March. James told her that he was going to Washington, D.C.to "work on taxes" and "change the tax brackets", she said.
Impending unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Sharp is also preemptively available to Vegas during their exclusive 72-hour free agency window (which would preclude Dallas losing anyone else via the expansion draft) but that does not seem to be a probable outcome.
Antti Raanta, Michael Grabner, Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast appear to be the consensus choices as the top candidates to be selected by the Golden Knights by Wednesday.
The NHL announced Sunday morning which players have been protected by their teams for the upcoming expansion draft. Among the juicier ones: The Tennessean's Adam Vignan reports that the Nashville Predators might protect Calle Jarnkrok, potentially exposing James Neal. With too many quality defenders to protect, both have been reportedly seeking trades.
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A single shot left Scalise, 51, with a shattered bone in his left hip and internal injuries that caused severe bleeding. He died yesterday from gunshot wounds sustained when law enforcement officers engaged him in a shootout at the scene.
While the Blues must be prepared to lose one of their assets, it's possible that they could have some say in the proceedings, even beyond the protected list.
National Hockey League plans to publicly release teams' protection lists about 10 a.m.
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But the Kiwis came off their foils during a hard maneuver and slowed dramatically in light, shifty wind, losing half their lead. Race Two: Emirates Team New Zealand beat ORACLE TEAM USA by 1 minute and 28 seconds.
While Washington would still likely trade Grubauer in this scenario, they would at least be able to get something for him.
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