Sabres Expansion Draft Protected List

Posted June 21, 2017

In other words, Vegas will be in the driver's seat for the next few days, bartering with clubs that wish to hang on to the players on their unprotected list in exchange for giving up prospects and draft picks.

Teams were allowed to protect only one goaltender from the draft.

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

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"What we've told everyone is that today will be the last day we will have those discussions", McPhee said this morning. "It would be, 'Do we have too many players?' There are a lot of good players there".

Ian Cole (Pittsburgh) - A part of the Penguins no-name defense, the 28-year-old Cole will likely be passed by when Vegas selecting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, but a two-time Stanley Cup victor could bring quite a hefty return if the Golden Knights go a different direction.

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Keep in mind that just because a player has been left unprotected doesn't mean he's necessarily going to be snapped up by Vegas.

Among those left unprotected, and available to the Golden Knights in the draft, were goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack, forwards Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck.

“The expansion draft, I think the way its set up now is quite interesting, ” said Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney, who worked under McPhee for 17 years. "We have to establish value for that, and whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club".

The Florida Panthers made an interesting decision as they decided not to protect Jonathan Marchessault, who scored 30 goals for them previous year, and instead protected Nick Bjugstad.

Top Anaheim defensemen Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen were exposed, as was forward Jon Marchessault, a 26-year-old 30-goal scorer in Florida this past season. Some teams went four forwards, four defenseman, and one goaltender. So there are definitely some great goalies available. Among the notable players left unprotected were Nate Schmidt, Philipp Grubauer, Jay Beagle, Brett Connolly, Tyler Graovac, Brooks Orpik and Taylor Chorney and all five unrestricted free agents, an impressive group that features T.J. Oshie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Justin Williams, Karl Alzner and Daniel Winnik.

The last three additions to the National Hockey League - the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets 2.0), Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild - have taken their sweet time.

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Just two years ago, the Senators got a first-round pick from Buffalo for goaltender Robin Lehner, Boston a first-round pick from San Jose for Martin Jones and NY second- and third-round picks from Edmonton for Cam Talbot. But its unlikely the two would consider joining an expansion team at this point in their respective careers. “Im really interested to see how much movement that theres going to be.”.

McPhee said Monday this would be the final day for teams to make trades as he will select his expansion team on Tuesday.

"Every team in this league has a chance to protect their roster". He's got one year left on his deal with a modest $1 million USA cap hit. Vegas will reveal its roster during the National Hockey League awards ceremony on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

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.

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.

Matt Beleskey, F, Boston Bruins; Brady Austin, D, Buffalo Sabres; Matt Stajan, F, Calgary Flames; Daniel Altshuller, G, Carolina Hurricanes; Brandon Mashinter, F, and Shawn Lalonde, D, Chicago Blackhawks; Eric Tangradi, F, and Eddie Pasquale, G, Detroit Red Wings; Alan Quine, F, New York Islanders; Brendan Gaunce, F, Vancouver Canucks; Tyler Graovac, F, Washington Capitals; Shawn Matthias, F, Winnipeg Jets. For budget teams, the floor increased just $1.4 million from $54 million.

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