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19 Junio 2017, 01:33 | Crisanna Felipe
Every NHL team has submitted their list of protected players that the Golden Knights will not be able to select from. Dan Girardi was bought out and chose not to go on waivers, and the Rangers want to add a young, top-pair blueliner, preferably a righty.
Overall, the Stars' protection list tells us a couple things, while it also leaves a couple questions. McPhee is willing to negotiate with any and all teams willing to give up something to keep a certain player. Golden Knights GM George McPhee has already eluded to the possibility of many behind the scenes deals and trades to be constructed.
Wings management deliberated whom to protect and whom to expose for many months.
The Capitals are likely going to lose either Philipp Grubauer or Nate Schmidt to the Golden Knights.
With that said, here's a self-induced Q & A as we move through the week. He spent 10 years there before moving around the U.S.to wherever the best hockey development opportunity would be. Fleury had a no-movement clause that would have required the Pens to stick him on the protected list and leave the younger - and cheaper - Murray exposed, but he did the franchise a favor and waived the clause for the draft. To save its top-two defense pairings, the Nashville Predators opted to protect eight skaters, which meant leaving James Neal, a 23-goal scorer this season, unprotected.
Does that include the newly acquired Chad Johnson? As for defensemen, Minnesotaexposed both Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella, while Buffalo's Zach Bogosian and Dallas' Dan Hamhuis are also available. Aside from Fleury, other goalies available are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth. The team will be announced Wednesday night during the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.
San Jose has two notable veteran free agents in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Martin is also a guy McPhee surely knows well as he spent his entire career in the Eastern Conference before joining the Sharks two seasons ago.
The Golden Knights will most likely be selecting one of the players listed above, barring a trade is put in place by Wednesday.
The prospect of losing talent to Vegas is keeping a lot of National Hockey League general managers up at night.
Doug Armstrong and company protected forwards Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny, Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, and Ryan Reaves, defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Joel Edmundson, and Jay Bouwmeester, and goaltender Jake Allen. First- and second-year players were exempt - in the Canes' case, forward Sebastian Aho and defensemen Jaccob Slavin, Brett Pesce and Noah Hanifin.
A very brief recap: The NHL Entry Draft is held for players between 18-20 (18-21 for European players) and doesn't end a players' NCAA eligibility. 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.
Then comes the start of free agency, which opens on July 1.
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