8 players the Devils could lose to Las Vegas in Expansion Draft


"The players Vegas drafts, not all of them are going to play for Vegas". The Penguins instead protected Matt Murray a week after the second-year goalie led them to win their second consecutive championship.

Now, it's important to note that Vegas GM George McPhee might agree not to take an unprotected player ... for a price. Get your popcorn ready.

We've done this before, but here's how it's going down.

Self-explanatory, right? Teams must make these decisions before noon on Friday.

Now it's on Golden Knights general manager George McPhee to pore over the list of unprotected players and select one from each of the NHL's 30 teams by Wednesday.

David Krejci: Another no-movement clause protected talent, the Bruins did not ask Krejci to consider waiving his NMC for the Golden Knights, which makes sense, as it would be stupid to lose this player for nothing. The teams announced the deal Thursday, about 48 hours before the NHL's trade freeze prior to the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft.

The Central Registry will accept these at the same time so that there's no amusing business around leaks or anything. They're not quite sure.

It took the National Hockey League an extra 30 minutes to reveal, but the list is officially in. Sunday, June 18: Vegas' exclusive window for free agent negotiation opens.

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The draft which will take place on June 21st, will be used to complete the roster of the Vegas Golden Knights.

With the Expansion Draft looming for the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the Detroit Red Wings will soon have to part ways with one of their players. Pending unrestricted free agents Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau were also left unprotected, as expected. The Islanders were the only team to protect five defensemen, and they might still lose blue-liner Calvin de Haan.

Hextall has until 5 o'clock Saturday to submit his list of protected players for the league's expansion draft, as the league (reluctantly?) welcomes the Vegas Golden Knights into an already watered NHL mix.

"This is a little different because you're leaving players exposed and it's more than one". Every GM wants to get in his mind who he's going to have on his team now and then exactly what he's looking for in free agency. "We wanted to keep both goalies". That would settle the Canes' goalie situation and keep the Knights from taking Stempniak or Nordstrom, two players with value.

Which player the Flyers lose (each team can lose only one) could come down to that seventh forward spot.

Brad Marchand: The 5-foot-9 Marchand is one of just eight National Hockey League players to have scored at least 100 goals over the last three National Hockey League seasons, and Marchand has played the third-fewest games among those eight skaters (only Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby have done it in fewer games). If they have any intention of competing next season - and they do - they'll need a puck-mover on the back end.

That's a bit further down the line and it remains to be seen how it will play out, but for expansion purposes Fleury pretty much took out all the drama or unknown, when he nearly literally "took one for the team" to open himself up for the expansion draft. The annual awards ceremonies will be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday.