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Every important 2017 National Hockey League expansion draft rumor in one place

Every important 2017 National Hockey League expansion draft rumor in one place

Team management has held multiple mock drafts since the beginning of the New Year, in order to prepare themselves for the unexpected.

McCrimmon was asked whether there's been a lot of trade chatter lately around the organization as the Golden Knights - led by GM George McPhee and head coach Gerard Gallant - are now in the midst of final preparations before they begin to craft the first ever Golden Knights roster, set for action next National Hockey League season. In the event that the Pittsburgh Penguins don't want to let the Golden Knights have Sidney Crosby, however, the league allows every team to submit a list of players that can't be drafted.

After talking to his colleagues around the league, McPhee said he believes the expansion draft will be more productive for the franchise's future than he first thought.

Unlike many National Hockey League teams, the Avs on Tuesday declined to identify the players they will protect for the June 21 expansion draft.

A franchise can't satisfy player exposure requirements with a player who has a potential career-ending injury and who has missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games.

The Canadiens are in the midst of a radical roster change, as head coach Claude Julien prefers a team that concentrates on forechecking and defending in front of the net. Is it worth it to lose a great forward to protect both Cody Ceci and Marc Methot? "When there are decisions that have to be made, you'd rather make them proactive rather than reactive".

There are always teams that need goalies - McPhee knows that.

One reason the Knights could look to keep their roster relatively lean for the near future is being able to absorb bad contracts from other teams.

It seems logical that the Bruins will use the 7-3-1 protected list format because they have an abundance of talented forwards within their organization. Each has shown the ability to be a quality third-liner who can occasionally put the puck in the net. He can, however, trade a goalie to a different team. Stockpiling and then dealing goalies looks like a way to make that happen. It will last about three hours. It's up to him to take advantage of it with his last four picks of the expansion draft.

Players with no-movement clauses must be protected unless they agree to waive it. The Golden Knights must do their homework on each player before making their selection.

It's worth mentioning that McPhee can not trade a player selected in the expansion draft back to his original team. But the two connected even before their time with the Panthers. "People are going to be trying to do things, whether they have one too many defensemen or whether they have one too many forwards or whether they have needs that they could possibly correct by taking a surplus off somebody else". The key to their continued success is not losing a quality talent in the expansion draft. Players who have two or fewer seasons of experience are exempt from this process. The expansion draft is an opportunity for McPhee to corner the goaltending market.

Restricted and unrestricted free agents are eligible to be drafted by Las Vegas. If Botterill is fully committed to Lehner, then he will protect him and not allow the Golden Knights an opportunity to exclusively negotiate a contract with the talented netminder.


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