Three questions ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights' NHL expansion draft

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Three questions ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights' NHL expansion draft

We'll find out exactly who made side deals with Golden Knights GM George McPhee prior to next week's expansion draft.

This means if the Blues have an unprotected player they would like to keep, Vegas could work out a deal for other players and/or draft picks to accommodate their wishes.

The Capitals elected to the use seven forward, three defenseman and one goaltender option.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, the protected lists will be made public.

The NHL released each team's protection lists on Sunday, revealing to all the talent the expansion franchise will be able to select, flip, or hold hostage for futures, as it gets set to make its selections on Wednesday. Should they select an RFA, the team they are selecting him from will not be eligible for compensation as they normally would be.

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Florida also left Reilly Smith exposed to Vegas after an uneven season in which he ended with 15 goals.

Based on previous mock drafts, McPhee doesn't expect the Golden Knights to have any difficulty getting to the NHL's minimum payroll of 60 percent of the $75 million salary cap. The league will announce the expansion draft results the following evening at its awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Of course, as Roar Lions Roar pointed out this morning, Barratt is far from the only Penn State player or prospect that could enter the season with an National Hockey League team behind him.

Any player with two years or less of professional experience (NHL or AHL) is exempt from the expansion draft.

“This expansion draft, its complicated things a little bit, I think everyone is gradually working through and ultimately we all know were going to lose one player and you accept that, ” Yzerman said.

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Lewis: Hard-worker, good team guy, reasonable contract, good fit for Vegas. Are the Stars going to chance it and leave one of them exposed, or has general manager Jim Nill already swung a deal to give Vegas a draft pick to protect an extra player?

"It certainly took a lot of pressure off of the organization to not pursue a trade and that's really what we wanted to do", GM Jim Rutherford said.

The NHL froze its rosters at 12 p.m. today and two hours later teams submitted their protection lists to the NHL Central Registry for review. He'll be the protected goalie, putting Cam Ward and Eddie Lack on the expansion list. Among the juicier ones: The Tennessean's Adam Vignan reports that the Nashville Predators might protect Calle Jarnkrok, potentially exposing James Neal.

Then comes the start of free agency, which opens on July 1. Their coach, Gerard Gallant, was sacked by the Panthers just 22 games into the 2016-2017 season after leading the team to a club record 47 wins and 103 points in 2015-2016.

This trade affords Anaheim to keep Cam Fowler, Kevin Bieksa, Josh Manson and Hampus Lindholm as a unit, but now, the Golden Knights have an opportunity to select a top-nine forward off the Ducks roster.

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