Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Who the Hurricanes could lose in the National Hockey League expansion draft

Who the Hurricanes could lose in the National Hockey League expansion draft

Later on, we will have an in-depth breakdown of the list and will address any surprises that the list may contain as well as how this list will affect the Stars over the next few days as the official announcement draws closer.

McPhee's message to teams Sunday was: "You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish".

The Coyotes retained 25 per cent of Smith's salary in the deal, and they now have about $30 million in cap space for next season - in addition to newly acquired prospects and assets from these most recent trades.

Finally, TSN's Pierre LeBrun highlighted one other option on the table for the Golden Knights: selecting an available player and immediately flipping him in a trade to a third team. Vegas will likely pick another player like Marcus Kruger or Trevor van Riemsdyk instead, but we're thinking that the team would rather protect a player that they gave up a mid-round draft pick for instead of a player like Rasmussen. They seem to have everything except actual hockey players, and we are now just a week away from the team's inaugural roster being formed.

The only National Hockey League trades which can be completed this week have to include the Golden Knights.

This advantage doesn't suggest the Knights to sign every proven goal scorer and dynamic defenseman available because they must draft 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders as the framework of a 30-man roster.

Vatanen, a fifth-year player, won't be ready for the start of next season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury.

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. That forced the team to also expose top-pairing blueliner Marc Methot.

Last June, Las Vegas was awarded a franchise after majority team owner Bill Foley ponied up a record $500-million USA expansion fee. For the Hawks, those players are forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Artem Anisimov and Marian Hossa, defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook and goaltender Corey Crawford.

Thornton had a cap hit of $6.8 million and Marleau $6.7 million in the last of three-year deals. The Wild have too many defensemen, so Jonas Brodin's name has been bandied about in trade rumors, and the Ottawa Senators will have to do something because defenseman Dion Phaneuf said he won't waive his no-movement clause. Dan Girardi was bought out and chose not to go on waivers, and the Rangers want to add a young, top-pair blueliner, preferably a righty. Saturday, June 17: All teams simultaneously submit Expansion Draft protection lists to the NHL's Central Registry.

Defensively, Jason Demers was also left available to the Knights less than a year after he joined the Panthers as a free agent from Dallas. The final two spots on the protected list is between Michael Ferland, Curtis Lazar, Troy Brouwer and Matt Stajan.

Probably a lot of wheeling and dealing once the trade freeze is lifted Thursday, a day before NHL Entry Draft begins in Chicago.

Then comes the start of free agency, which opens on July 1.

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