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

Vegas Golden Knights about to become a reality

The Sharks, like every other National Hockey League team, must submit their list of protected players before Saturday's 2 p.m. deadline.

The final two spots on the protected list is between Michael Ferland, Curtis Lazar, Troy Brouwer and Matt Stajan.

All trades involving the Golden Knights are not expected to be made official/public until the expansion draft reveal on June 21. 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. The Islanders were the only team to protect five defensemen, and they might still lose blue-liner Calvin de Haan.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, teams must submit their protected lists to the league - either seven forwards, three defencemen and one goalie or eight combined skaters and one goalie, which will be made public at 10 a.m. Sunday. All players with a "no movement" clause must be protected, unless, like Fleury, they choose to waive it.

Former CC defenseman Jaccob Slavin (Carolina) and area native and Boston blue-liner Brandon Carlo are both first or second-year pros and exempt from the expansion draft exposure. Any pending free agent signed would count as Vegas' expansion-draft selection from that player's team.

"It was a rigid market", Treliving said.


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. That leaves Kevin Klein as the single necessary blueliner exposed, even as the 32-year-old with a $2.9 million cap hit for next year contemplates retirement. If the Expansion Club signs a Restricted Free Agent from the Available List of a Current Club during said period, the Current Club will not be entitled to any compensation from the Expansion Club. Its a possibility. But trades are way easier talked about than to do.”.

Among forwards, most of the household names were protected.

The price tag may be a tad high: Darling will make $4.15 million and Ward $3.3 million next season. By signing Ben Smith to a $650,000 deal, he becomes eligible for the draft. Enstrom, who has spent 10 seasons playing for the Jets and Atlanta Thrashers, is heading into the final year of a contract that pays him $5.75 million and he's not producing almost as much offence as he was when he signed the deal.

Jeff Carter, center: Led the Kings with 32 goals and 66 points last season. Are the Stars going to chance it and leave one of them exposed, or has general manager Jim Nill already swung a deal to give Vegas a draft pick to protect an extra player? There's a similar concern from the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators, who will most likely expose a few intriguing forwards to protect defensemen Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm.

"The players Vegas drafts, not all of them are going to play for Vegas". The favorites to be protected are Ferland, who the Flames believe has the potential to make an impact in the lineup next season, and Lazar, a trade deadline acquisition from the Ottawa Senators that they believe can resurrect his career after playing in their system for a full season. Vegas' first team will be announced during the NHL Awards on Wednesday night. "They only need a couple, and there's opportunities for trades from that perspective".

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