Fleury among Penguins unprotected on expansion list

Cheryl Sanders
June 19, 2017

There weren't any major surprises on the Sharks' expansion protected list that was unveiled on Sunday morning.

"You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish", McPhee said, via the AP's Stephen Whyno.

The Golden Knights will select 30 players - one from each National Hockey League club. As there's a number of top defensemen exposed such as Anaheim's Sami Vatanen and Ottawa's Marc Methot.

McPhee told media that he'd already had calls from GMs across the league once they'd seen the lists Sunday. "We were expecting this mass redistribution of players that really didn't happen, which we were really happy about".

Golden Knights GM George McPhee has made it abundantly clear he's open to listening to such deals, too. The Minnesota Star-Tribune says Fletcher has received "quality offers" for Dumba and Brodin as opposed to losing them for nothing to the Knights.

Kevan Miller: In what was really a year-long tryout between Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, and Colin Miller, I really think it was a strong postseason showing from Kevan Miller that's earned him the right as the club's third and final protected defenseman. The Penguins instead protected Matt Murray a week after the second-year goalie led them to win their second consecutive championship.

Buffalo: Slim pickings for the Golden Knights off of the Sabres' roster, but Zach Bogosian's exposure is a sure sign that his time is nearly up in Buffalo. Some teams went four forwards, four defenseman, and one goaltender. Along with Fleury, other goalies exposed are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth. The general public won't know the nature of those deals until Wednesday, so until then all players who were protected and exposed will be taken at face value. This game McPhee is trying to play turns a promising expansion draft pick into an impressive haul that could make the team more competitive sooner. But it's unlikely the two would consider joining an expansion team at this point in their respective careers. Both Vatanen and Manson are young, more-than-capable defenders that could be a major part of the Golden Knights' future and to stay away from the opportunity to draft either player would cost the Ducks prospects, draft picks and likely a roster player.

That said, what we learned from McPhee is that his intention is to build the Golden Knights through the NHL Entry Draft and over the next four-to-five years.

There are already reports of trades being finalized by teams to keep players they were unable to fit into the protected lists.

The Penguins opted to protect eight skaters and one goalie, as opposed to the other option of seven forwards, three defenseman and one goalie.

Another odd list is from the Minnesota Wild, who chose to protect Jonas Brodin over Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella. This is all about building a winning hockey team in Las Vegas, and McPhee will do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Hagelin has two years left on his current deal, with a $4 million cap hit per season.

Zucker was born in California in 1992 to Natalie, a competitive US figure skater, but the family moved to Vegas when he was two months old.

It's an increase of $2 million from the $73 million cap last season, as players elected to use their escalator clause to raise it.

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