With the protected lists now available, the Vegas Golden Knights have until 10 a.m. ET Wednesday to determine which player they will draft from the 30 other National Hockey League teams.
The process is pretty straight forward, really.
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.
Only players with more than two years of pro experience needed to be protected, so the Bruins didn’t have to protect young defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. The NHL’s newest team will select one player from each organization to complete its first roster. The team’s list of protected players could be made public later on Sunday.
The Flyers 11 protected players are as follows. Teams could also ask Vegas to pick an exposed player they’re interested in, then get the Knights to subsequently flip him. Dude’s gonna be a Bruin for the rest of his life. For those who still have a player exposed that they’d like to protect, now is the time where some side dealing can take place to entice Vegas into plucking a player from the roster whose departure won’t leave a GM ruing the day expansion was announced. He’s got one year left on his deal with a modest $1 million United States cap hit.
At 26, Marchessault scored 30 goals for the Panthers last season and earns just $750,000 (all dollar figures U.S.). The 28-year-old Raanta (2.26 GAA, .922 save mark over 30 games) proved he could handle the No. 1 job and his salary is just $1 million.
What might the Las Vegas Golden Knights look like this fall? It’s an obvious pick, too, as he is not going anywhere. He has a reasonable cap hit of $3.5 million United States for each of the next two seasons and registered 65 points in 2016-17. He was left unprotected in the expansion draft, as the Coyotes only goaltender who met the requirements to be exposed. He was scratched twice in the final month of the regular season and also benched for Game 6 of a first-round playoff series in which the Canadiens were eliminated by the New York Rangers in April. Spooner is merely a better protection option over expensive roleplayers like Matt Beleskey or Jimmy Hayes.
The easiest way for the Penguins to solve their goaltending dilemma was to get Fleury to agree to waive his no-movement clause for the purposes of the expansion draft. Not when his contract drops to a more-than-friendly $4 million next season.
NY bought out the final three years of 33-year-old Dan Girardi’s contract, and Colorado the final year of 37-year-old Francois Beauchemin’s deal. In this last season, Jenner proved he is a great two-way player by not only raking up 34 total points, but also improving his plus/minus by 29 points, showing he is taking more defensive initiative than before.
“We really like what we’re looking at right now”, McPhee said. There are a few intriguing players for McPhee to ponder, and it seems far less likely that McPhee takes a chance on Nail Yakupov now.