National Hockey League teams release protected lists for expansion draft

National Hockey League teams release protected lists for expansion draft

National Hockey League teams release protected lists for expansion draft

The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft will take place Wednesday as the Las Vegas Golden Knights begin to fill out their roster.

Marc-Andre Fleury waived his no-movement clause back in February for the expansion draft.

Sunday, June 18: Protection lists are approved and distributed to teams and the NHL Players' Association. It's expected some teams will make deals with Vegas to not select a certain player on their roster.

"At the GM meetings, the Golden Knights' George McPhee let everyone know that once the lists are handed to him, it's an auction for any unprotected player another team might want", Friedman wrote.

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Although trade and waiver activity will be frozen at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Knights will still be free to execute trades and perhaps come to agreements with rival clubs on who might be selected. The Regina native has a bomb of a shot, throws a nasty open-ice hit and looks to be ready for more opportunity after soaking up 20 minutes per-game for the Wild previous year.

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Friday, June 16: Deadline for a player to waive his no movement clause for the purposes of being exposed in the Expansion Draft. Theres a similar concern from the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators, who will most likely expose a few intriguing forwards to protect defensemen Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm.

Other notable forwards left unprotected were Los Angeles's Dustin Brown, Montreal's Tomas Plekanec and Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz. As for defensemen, Buffalo's Zach Bogosian and Dallas' Dan Hamhuis are available. "I'm already pretty confident I know how we'll look coming out of it, and it's still a heck of a hockey team". Along with Fleury, other goalies exposed are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth. If the Expansion Club signs a Restricted Free Agent from the Available List of a Current Club during said period, the Current Club will not be entitled to any compensation from the Expansion Club. But it's unlikely the two would consider joining an expansion team at this point in their respective careers.

"We've got lots of things lined up, but until we see everything, we don't have anything", McPhee said. By this time next week, the Vegas Golden Knights will be a legitimate NHL team and fans can start looking forward to watching hockey on the Las Vegas Strip. Only seven forwards, three defenseman and a goaltender (or eight skaters of any position and a goaltender) can be protected.

Thornton had a cap hit of $6.8 million and Marleau $6.7 million in the last of three-year deals. But, it's unlikely the Knights will take him given his recent injury history not to mention his play over the last two seasons.

Sunday, June 18 Deadline for Central Registry to approve and simultaneously distribute the Protection Lists to all NHL Clubs (including the Expansion Club) and the NHLPA (10 a.m. ET).

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