All talk, few trades before NHL's expansion roster freeze

Penguins' Fleury left available for Vegas expansion draft

David Krejci: Another no-movement clause protected talent, the Bruins did not ask Krejci to consider waiving his NMC for the Golden Knights, which makes sense, as it would be stupid to lose this player for nothing. Penn State has had its share over the past few years, Eamon McAdam's status as a third round NY islanders draft choice the highest a Penn State player has gone.

What will the Hawks' protection list look like?

"It was a rigid market", Treliving said.

Each team must expose one defenseman and two forwards under contract for next season who played a minimum of 40 National Hockey League games last season or 70 games over the past two. Beagle is coming off a career year (career high 13 goals, 17 assists and 30 points in 82 games). The team will be announced Wednesday night during the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. Lindberg and Fast, both 25-year-old Swedes, are restricted free agents and hold arbitration rights.

One option might be for general manager Ron Francis to work a deal with the Knights' McPhee for Vegas to take one of the Canes goalies - probably Lack - in exchange for, say, a draft pick.

"The Golden Knights organization is very pleased with how the expansion draft process has gone so far, through the National Hockey League trade freeze which took effect Saturday, June 17 at 12 noon PT", the Golden Knights said in a satement. But unless they toss Vegas a prospect I don't see it happening. Youngsters Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse don't meet the minimum pro experience criteria, so they're automatically protected and don't need to be exposed. He's likely to be the Golden Knights' starting netminder next season. Though he's clearly overpaid, he's one of the team's assistant captains and could be in line to inherit the "C" when Zetterberg retires.

Jason's Take: The Canucks actually made one of the first pro-active deals related to the expansion draft. Nielsen is the only Red Wing in that category, and he likely would've been protected anyway. Could there be more trades for these guys? That's far better than losing him for nothing. They are expected to pursue a deal to move him for something leading into it. Fleury was nearly traded at the deadline due to the Penguins already having Matt Murray in net but they chose to keep him for their playoff run; a good decision as Fleury starred in the first two rounds with Murray nursing an injury. But for Washington, exposing Beagle is a good idea.

The Hawks would protect Jurco as their seventh forward because they want to shed the contract of Kruger, who carries an approximate $3.1 million cap hit the next two seasons. Would the Canucks have the guts to pull off a shocker like this?

Still, this expansion draft is unique, much anticipated and finally here so let's get ready for it all the same.

The best bet is that either Joakim Nordstrom or Lee Stempniak will be snapped up by the Golden Knights, but I wouldn't be entirely shocked if Brock McGinn had his name called.

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