National Hockey League teams have until 4 p.m. Saturday to submit the list of players they plan to protect from the newest expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who will pluck one player from each National Hockey League team next Wednesday to form their initial roster for the 2017-18 season.
Deadline for players to agree to waive no-movement clauses, 5 p.m.
The Predators were put in a bind by exposing Neal, a 10-time 20-goal-scorer, because they elected to protect a fourth defenseman. The fifth-year player, however, won't be ready for the start of the season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury.
There are some talented players left exposed for GM George McPhee to pick from.
What it comes down to is this: The Wild likely would have to pick between protecting center Eric Staal or winger Jason Zucker out of their crop of forwards, and defensemen Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, or Marco Scandella. As for defensemen, Buffalo's Zach Bogosian and Dallas' Dan Hamhuis are available. The biggest deal saw Arizona ship veteran goaltender Mike Smith to Calgary for Flames goalie Chad Johnson, unsigned prospect Brandon Hickey and a conditional third-round draft pick.
The Capitals are likely going to lose either Philipp Grubauer or Nate Schmidt to the Golden Knights. McPhee is willing to negotiate with any and all teams willing to give up something to keep a certain player. If one of those players ends up signing with the Golden Knights, he'll count as Vegas' selection from that team.
"It forces us that we're in a situation that we felt that this could happen", Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said.
The Expansion Draft will populate the roster for soon-to-join the NHL Las Vegas franchise. The Knights are not commenting on any trade rumors or deals until after Wednesday's reveal of the 30-man roster at T-Mobile Arena. Under contract for another four years at $7.25 million per season, the Bruins will instead focus on trying to find another capable wing to skate with Krejci, particularly on his left side.
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Ken's take: The Jets' final decision regarding their protected list hinges on whether defenceman Toby Enstrom was asked and ultimately decides to waive his no-movement clause.
Second, clearing Fleury's $5.75 million off the salary cap, with Pittsburgh not needing to trade Fleury and take back a salary would be a huge and very rare opportunity to have a lot of cap room heading into free agency. The annual awards ceremonies will be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
Translation: The Golden Knights are widely open for business. The team also listed Trevor Carrick, Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy as their defensemen, and new goalie Scott Darling in net.
Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly.
The Hurricanes opted to protect seven forwards, three defenseman and a goalie, and the list was as many expected.
Thursday June, 22 Expansion Draft Signing Moratorium and Trade/Waiver Freeze are lifted (8 a.m. ET).
I know what I would do, and millions of other armchair GMs have their ideas, but what will the Stars do?