McPhee was excited to discover the cache of quality players to choose from.
"When we set our roster we're going to end up losing a player that we like and we don't want to lose, but that's just part of the whole expansion process", said Benning, who had trouble recalling the last expansion draft, it had been so long.
McPhee has said he's had contact with all teams and was expected to have several trades in place.
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All first- and second-year players were exempt from the expansion draft.
At least 20 of the players Vegas will select must already be under contract for the 2017-18 season. Massive trade deals have been made to cut down certain team's salary caps, players have been asked to waive their "No Movement" clauses.
The Knights acknowledged as much when they released the following press release late Saturday.
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What's uncertain is how many trades the Golden Knights will reach with teams to influence which player Vegas selects or avoids in exchange for draft picks, something McPhee hopes to stockpile.
The Anaheim Ducks are also a strong candidate to pull the trigger on a deal after failing to protect Vatanen and Manson - two coveted defensemen they'd love to retain.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reported the Columbus Blue Jackets are set to give the Golden Knights the No. 24 overall pick in the 2017 National Hockey League draft and a prospect in exchange for the expansion team only taking Matt Calvert, William Karlsson or Ryan Murray. "We've narrowed it down, and probably most teams have". People have identified people on other clubs that they'd like to have.
While teams have two options for the number of players they can protect, the Wild will nearly surely go with the option that allows them to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender.
"You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish", McPhee said his message is to other GMs. On their protection list, which was submitted to the league Saturday, Washington included forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Marcus Johansson, Lars Eller, Tom Wilson as well as defensemen John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Braden Holtby.
With that being said it seems Dale Tallon won't make this an easy decision for Vegas either. But Lack also is due $2.75 million, so the situation is problematic. "They don't want to lose two players if you make a deal". They'll get a pretty good head start, better than a lot of expansion teams have in the past.
On the other hand, any player with a no-movement clause must be protected.