Remember, the Devils can only lose one of the players below.
Marc Methot (Ottawa) - On top of his addition improving the Leafs top four, another fringe benefit of acquiring Norris Trophy victor Erik Karlsson's defense partner would be to weaken a division rival's blueline (if they have not made a side deal to not select him).
The issue for us isnt going to be, Can we fill out the roster? McPhee told reporters after the list was released. Neither can players with continuing and effective no-movement clauses. "There are lots of good players there", McPhee said.
The Golden Knights already have the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which begins on Friday.
Indeed, he mentioned that the Golden Knights won't make a claim until they speak to every team. The Golden Knights could land Dumba in the. 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 previous year. And then we're going to go that club and say: 'We have interest in this player, there's another club that has interest in this player, how do we want to do this, how can we protect your roster? The Penguins instead protected Matt Murray a week after the second-year goalie led them to win their second consecutive championship.
SURE BET: Assuming Anaheim has already worked out a trade to keep Vegas away from Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson - perhaps at the cost of a first-round pick - there are still plenty of young, affordable defensemen to choose from along with some veterans.
The Predators were put in a bind in being forced to expose Neal, a 10-time 20-goal-scorer, because they elected to protect a fourth defenseman. As for defensemen, Buffalo's Zach Bogosian and Dallas' Dan Hamhuis are available. Some teams went four forwards, four defenseman, and one goaltender.
After signing Ben Bishop, Dallas made its two goalies from previous year, Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen, available, but they are both making too much money to interest Vegas.
Teams were also eager to see the list of players available because Vegas now becomes a trade avenue for them. It won't have all the top-end talent available because side deals will allow Vegas to stockpile draft picks and prospects for the future, but it will probably be the most competitive expansion team in the league's history.
San Jose has two notable veteran free agents in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. The lockout threw things off a little, but six years after stockpiling picks at their expansion draft, Atlanta iced 90-point teams in two straight seasons.
The Golden Knights will also have this three-day window to meet with the pending restricted and unrestricted free agents exposed in the draft, and if they negotiate a deal with one of those players in that time, that counts as Vegas' pick from that team.
McPhee said he believes he "can accomplish two things" during the expansion process after selecting players and making trades with other clubs.
Vegas will surely be looking to select players that can be part of their organization down the road (when they are ready to be competitive), but players closer to 30 years old or with short term left on their contracts may be selected based exclusively on their value to other teams. He's got one year left on his deal with a modest $1 million U.S. cap hit. However, with his $.4.7 million cap hit for the next two seasons, Lehtera is unlikely to be an attractive option to the Golden Knights-even considering their necessity to reach the salary floor.
While most of the focus of the hockey world was on the unveiling of the protected lists, NHL teams were informed by the league that the 2017-18 salary cap will escalate to $75 million U.S. Meanwhile the cap floor - in other words, the minimum - will be $55.4 million U.S.