Who Will Blackhawks Protect in NHL Expansion Draft?

Who Will Blackhawks Protect in NHL Expansion Draft?

Who Will Blackhawks Protect in NHL Expansion Draft?

"It would be, 'Do we have too many players?' There are a lot of good players there". The Regina native has a bomb of a shot, throws a nasty open-ice hit and looks to be ready for more opportunity after soaking up 20 minutes per-game for the Wild past year.

Players with no-movement clauses must be protected - in the Canes' case, center Jordan Staal.

Teams must ask players to waive their NMCs by Monday, and the player has the rest of the week to decide whether or not they will agree to it.

Finally, TSN's Pierre LeBrun highlighted one other option on the table for the Golden Knights: selecting an available player and immediately flipping him in a trade to a third team.

All 30 existing rosters will freeze beginning at this time. The arrival of the Golden Knights has definitely made things interesting for the other 30 teams in the National Hockey League.

The Knights now have until Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET to submit their expansion draft selections and any standard player contracts that were signed.

The Central Registry will accept these at the same time so that there's no amusing business around leaks or anything.

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"Vegas has indicated that they will give all 30 clubs every opportunity to keep their rosters intact if they'd like". That should be a fun Father's Day morning. Their picks must be submitted by Wednesday at 10 a.m. and will be revealed during the NHL Awards Show on Wednesday night. A former first round pick with good size (six foot three) and youth on his side, Nelson would offer the Knights depth down the middle and team control after next season.

Saturday's trade deadline for teams looking to shuffle potentially exposed players around came and went with only a few deals being made; something which came as a pleasant surprise to McPhee.

Riley Nash: Maybe not the name you expected to see this time a year ago, but Nash is an incredibly affordable bottom-six piece and with the ability to play both center and the wing, there's no sense in the Bruins leaving him exposed for the Golden Knights.

San Jose has two notable veteran free agents in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Should they select an RFA, the team they are selecting him from will not be eligible for compensation as they normally would be. We know that the likes of Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, Valeri Nichushkin (yes, he'll be protected), John Klingberg, and Esa Lindell are virtual locks to be protected. Each team had the option to protect either seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie, or eight skaters and a goalie.

One player that hockey fans in Nevada can probably expect to see next year is Marc-Andre Fleury of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The team has already signed prospects Reid Duke, Tomas Hyka, and Russian star Vadim Shipachyov, who figures to be one of the team's go-to guys in their first year.

That benefits the Golden Knights because it maintained a deeper pool of talent available.

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