Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Penguins' Fleury left available for Vegas expansion draft

It's possible Vegas general manager George McPhee might consider Ward, a veteran and former Stanley Cup victor with the Canes, or could take Lack.

Marc-Andre Fleury headed the list of players who are unprotected for the NHL Expansion Draft when that information became available on Sunday morning.

McPhee was excited to discover the cache of quality players to choose from.

"I've been around long enough to know trades can happen any time of the year", Hagelin said.

That means Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin, Scott Wilson, Tom Kuhnhackl and Ian Cole will be the most prominent names joining Fleury as players the Golden Knights could theoretically select.

Said Chayka: "I think the league will kind of wait and see how the exposure lists comes out ... then hopefully re-engage and see if we can make a deal that makes our team better".

Even though the protection lists are public, the process isn't as straightforward as Vegas taking the best asset available from each team.

The mock draft also stated that Fleury is very likely to join the Knights and has nowhere to go but Vegas for the expansion franchise.

Forward Robby Fabbri and defenseman Colton Parayko have only two years of professional experience and thus were exempt from the draft, meaning they did not need to be protected. Other notable Nashville players unprotected were forwards Pontus Aberg and Colton Sissons. Teams can also protect players that are potential unrestricted free agents as of July 1.

The Knights acknowledged as much when they released the following press release late Saturday. They won't officially announce any of the Vegas trades within the next few days.

Remember, the Devils can only lose one of the players below.

The Columbus Dispatch first reported the news.

It is believed that Vegas already has consideration deals arranged with Anaheim (to lay off Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson), with Columbus (to lay off Joonas Korpisalo, Josh Anderson and Jack Johnson), with the New York Islanders (to lay off Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas) and Chicago (to take on Marcus Kruger).

Why he will go to Vegas: Just like Ward, Martin is a respected veteran that would bring instant credibility to the dressing room of what will surely be a young team.

Asked about teams calling asking Vegas to pick players for them, McPhee said Sunday that "it's already started to happen". About 30 people managed to escape though at least two people were killed as the assault continued into the evening, authorities said. "There are lots of good players there", McPhee said.

"You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish", McPhee's statement read.

Vegas must select 30 players, one from each contributing team. "We will not make a claim with any club before we talk to the club". They must take one player - and one only - from each National Hockey League team.

"Once you get there, you're there to play hockey and that's what it's all about ... whoever ends up going there is probably going to love it". His $5.75 million deal runs through 2019. He's also prone to missing long stretches of time with injuries.

The 28-year-old native of Finland is 47-23-9 with a 2.32 goals-against average, a.917 save percentage and eight shutouts in his career. He's a long-term foundation piece. Still just 26, he would be a great mentor for some of the younger d-men. The cap was $73 million in 2016-17. Due to the roster freeze, teams can agree with the Golden Knights in principle on deals for now.

Mueller was the Sharks' top defensive prospect after they drafted him with the 18th pick in 2013. Under contract for another four years at $7.25 million per season, the Bruins will instead focus on trying to find another capable wing to skate with Krejci, particularly on his left side.

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