Fleury among players exposed for Vegas NHL expansion draft

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Leading the Golden Knights' draft is general manager George McPhee, who spent 17 seasons in charge of the Washington Capitals, helping that club rise to prominence. The goal behind this is to allow the Golden Knights to get a sense of whether or not they will be able to sign a free agent before going ahead and using a pick on them in the Expansion Draft.

While teams have two options for the number of players they can protect, the Wild nearly surely will go with the option that allows them to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender. "Still some time between now and tomorrow when we have to submit our list, so things can change between now and then", Wilson said on Friday.

The following unprotected players are among the possible candidates for expansion draft selection by the Vegas Knights: Cody Eakin, Curtis McKenzie, Dan Hamhuis, Patrik Nemeth or Jamie Oleksiak.

McPhee told reporters Sunday that "there were no surprises" when the Golden Knights received the lists and that he was "really pleased with what's available".

It's the calm before the storm right now with the protected lists for the 30 National Hockey League teams set to be released on Sunday morning, and all National Hockey League teams locked in a trading freeze other than deals to be worked out specifically with the Vegas Golden Knights. But, I think they'll have a good team. But one foot is out the door, and the other foot seems stuck in cement some of the time as teams beat him to pucks that last season he would have swallowed up and got moving in the other direction. It should allow the Knights to stockpile an ample number of future draft picks. Tomas Plekanec has one year left on a contract that pays him $6 million, which is probably too much for the Knights. The annual awards ceremonies will be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Is there a player that another team leaves exposed that the Stars will acquire from Vegas? Players with no more than two years of experience, most notably Robby Fabbri and Colton Parayko for St. Louis, are exempt from being selected in the expansion draft.

Several general managers, including Arizona's John Chayka on Saturday, noted how the Golden Knights can corner the goalie market and use those assets as trade bait.

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The Montreal Canadiens recouped a third-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres for 24-year-old defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who has a connection to Vegas coach Gerard Gallant and would've been left exposed in the expansion draft.

"Vegas doesn't need 10", said Chayka after making a proactive move to free up the Coyotes' protected list by trading veteran goalie Mike Smith to Calgary.

Jeff Carter, center: Led the Kings with 32 goals and 66 points last season.

Protection lists circulated to 31 teams and the NHLPA, 10 a.m.

Stu's take: The biggest question mark is Alexander Radulov, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.