Fleury among players exposed for Vegas NHL expansion draft

Wild have 'pretty good idea' who they'll protect in NHL Expansion Draft

Wild have 'pretty good idea' who they'll protect in NHL Expansion Draft

"It's not so much an expansion draft for them as it is an accumulation of assets", Calgary General Manager Brad Treliving recently told Sportsnet 960 The Fan's "Boomer in the Morning". The incoming Vegas Golden Knights can begin to take shape now that they know who's available to them.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup champion, is among the high-profile players left unprotected and available for the Vegas Golden Knights to select in this week's expansion draft.

The Hurricanes opted to protect seven forwards, three defenseman and a goalie, and the list was as many expected.

Francis didn't say what his plans might be, saying, "We'll just see where we are and what happens" in the expansion draft.

The Knights now have until Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET to submit their expansion draft selections and any standard player contracts that were signed. Should they select an RFA, the team they are selecting him from will not be eligible for compensation as they normally would be. The one thing that didn't materialize was a large number of trades happening involving players teams didn't want to expose.

Based on previous mock drafts, McPhee doesn't expect the Golden Knights to have any difficulty getting to the NHL's minimum payroll of 60 percent of the $75 million salary cap.

Tanner Pearson, left wing: Just signed a new four-year, $15 million contract. For what it's worth, Wild forward Jason Zucker is a Las Vegas native so the allure of drafting a hometown player may come into effect. The team has already signed prospects Reid Duke, Tomas Hyka, and Russian star Vadim Shipachyov, who figures to be one of the team's go-to guys in their first year.

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The Golden Knights draft is a three-day process, starting Sunday.

Three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Nashville forward James Neal and Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen were among the high-profile players made available on Sunday for the Vegas Golden Knights to select in the National Hockey League expansion draft. The favorites to be protected are Ferland, who the Flames believe has the potential to make an impact in the lineup next season, and Lazar, a trade deadline acquisition from the Ottawa Senators that they believe can resurrect his career after playing in their system for a full season.

Several reports have the Knights obtaining Columbus' first-round draft pick, the 24th overall, in exchange for bypassing in selecting a Blue Jackets player from a short list.

Protection list submission deadline, 5 p.m.

The NHL's roster freeze kicks in today at 3pm ET, upon which teams can not finalize trades with one another until June 22 at 8am ET.

The Panthers left Jonathan Marchessault out there after he broke through last season by leading Florida with 30 goals.

Stu's take: The biggest question mark is Alexander Radulov, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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