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Penguins' Fleury left available for Vegas expansion draft

Penguins' Fleury left available for Vegas expansion draft Penguins' Fleury left available for Vegas expansion draft
Kristopher Nichols | 20 June, 2017, 19:07

But now, Marc-Andre Fleury has some company on that list.

This morning at 10 am Eastern Time, the NHL revealed each of the 30 teams unprotected lists for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft and social media exploded.

Among players with previous connections to McPhee available are Stars center Cody Eakin, Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer and Neuvirth, whom he drafted in Washington.

National Hockey League teams had two options for putting together their protected lists for the draft: either protect a goalie and eight skaters, or a goalie, seven forwards and three defensemen. Each team can only lose one player.

"We can put a competitive team on the ice and accumulate draft picks".

Vegas is still widely expected to select Fleury, making him their first starting goalie and potential face of the franchise.

As a result, the Golden Knights are demanding draft picks from those teams in order to be steered to selecting other players.

"We have things lined up", McPhee said.

For 72 hours, or until Vegas finalizes its expansion roster after striking its many and varied side deals, McPhee is the ringmaster of the National Hockey League circus, overseeing a massive churning of National Hockey League rosters.

What's uncertain is how many trades the Golden Knights have negotiated with teams to influence which player Vegas selects or avoids.

Lots of people wondered whether or not Dennis Rasmussen would be among the protected.

Based on previous mock drafts, McPhee doesnt expect the Golden Knights to have any difficulty getting to the NHLs minimum payroll of 60 percent of the $75 million salary cap. He's got one year left on his deal with a modest $1 million U.S. cap hit.

“The issue for us isnt going to be, ‘Can we fill out the roster?” McPhee told reporters after the list was released. But it's unlikely the two would consider joining an expansion team at this point in their respective careers. Calgary traded for Arizona Coyotes' starter Mike Smith on Saturday, and then protected him, leaving Brian Elliott, an unrestricted free agent, plus Tom McCollum available. Their picks will be officially announced at 6 p.m. Wednesday as part of the league's awards show and expansion draft on NBC Sports Network.

With this group, you have a personality to sell the game in a new market and Stanley Cup victor in Fleury as well as backups in Raanta and Mrazek who appear ready to take the next step.

Hagelin, meanwhile, is coming off a bit of a frustrating end to his season. He was an absolute workhorse during his five seasons in the Sunshine State, including four campaigns with more than 55 games in goal for the Panthers. If true, this is going to be an expensive, but necessary play for the Ducks.

$4.5 million. McPhee traded for Brouwer in Washington and knows what type of leader the rugged 31-year-old winger is. If it happens, it happens, and then you make the most of that situation.

Teams were allowed to protect only one goaltender from the draft. "Obviously we have a great group of guys and great chemistry". Signed for another season ($2.55 Million), a right-hand shot and under control for another three years.

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. The Penguins also have elite defender Kris Letang, but he missed half of the regular season and the entire playoffs.

Kuhnhackl, after playing in all 24 playoff games previous year, only saw action in 11 this spring.

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