Las Vegas won't be able to pick from the protected players but they'll be taking one unprotected player from each team. You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish..
In other words, McPhee is happy to accept a collection of draft picks, prospects and other assets in exchange for not selecting certain players. His power-play success and goal-scoring ability from the defense make him an interesting target for more of a playoff contender that's looking for some depth upgrades.
"We can put a good team on the ice, and accumulate draft picks and be in a surplus situation in the next couple of years", he said, according to SportsNet. Goalies one position where theres a lot of good goaltenders out there right now and not a whole lot of spots.. Each team had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. That's a quality forward available for the Golden Knights if they would like to go down that route.
The NHL announced the available and protected lists for the 30 teams that will provide players to the Golden Knights in the draft, which will be announced on Wednesday night. Las Vegas hits the ice for its first preseason game on September 17 at Rogers Arena against the Vancouver Canucks.
"Every team in this league has a chance to protect their roster", he said. He intends to inform teams who Vegas is selecting in the event they want to strike a deal to have the Golden Knights choose another player.
Las Vegas has an exclusive window now through 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20 to sign free agents and make trades with other teams.
Goalie James Reimer was also protected.
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From Saturday afternoon through Thursday morning, after Vegas makes its picks, the rest of the teams can't make trades with each other.
The Golden Knights have the ability to sign unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents who are eligible for the expansion draft (which excludes the Blues' Parayko), but that transaction would count as the team's selection.
"We've got lots of things lined up, but until we see everything, we don't have anything", McPhee said. Well, McPhee is clearly going to listen, but if another team were interested in the draft-and-trade, it could drive up the price of protection, landing Vegas a higher draft pick.
"The players Vegas drafts, not all of them are going to play for Vegas".
Reports have been swirling that the Blackhawks already have a deal in place to ensure that the Golden Knights take Kruger in the draft, but the official announcement will not be made until after the draft on Wednesday.
They might have tried to trade Fleury to avoid exposing Murray, but that wasn't an ideal scenario. "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".
Vegas is holding all the cards while the rest of the National Hockey League comes to a full stop in awaiting McPhee to determine his selections over a three-day stretch during which the Golden Knights are the only team allowed to make trades and sign pending free agents.