Looming expansion draft turns up trade chatter around NHL

The Vegas Golden Knights won't be getting any huge stars, but they'll be able to get some proven National Hockey League players.

The same argument applies to Martin, who still has two years with an average-annual salary of $4.85 million left on his contract.

Former Buffalo GM Tim Murray had the framework of a deal sorted out with McPhee to protect one of the Sabres' players, as detailed here, but time will tell what Botterill has up his sleeve for the expansion draft. However, GM Garth Snow is in the market for a top-six forward, says Dreger.

Among those left unprotected, and available to the Golden Knights in the draft, were goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack, forwards Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck. Beagle is coming off a career year (career high 13 goals, 17 assists and 30 points in 82 games).

The NHL expansion draft and Vegas' initial roster will be unveiled during Wednesday's televised NHL Awards Show. If the Expansion Club signs a Restricted Free Agent from the Available List of a Current Club during said period, the Current Club will not be entitled to any compensation from the Expansion Club.

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.

Q: If Las Vegas doesn't select Lack should the team buy him out of the final year of his contract? The incoming Vegas Golden Knights can begin to take shape now that they know who's available to them.

Tanner Pearson, left wing: Just signed a new four-year, $15 million contract. But unless they toss Vegas a prospect I don't see it happening.

The question regarding the longtime Pittsburgh Penguins goalie has evolved from "Is he done as a Pen?" to "When will he officially be a Golden Knight?" 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. The Ducks may have swung a deal with the Knights to keep hands off Manson for precisely those reasons. Knowing they couldn't, or wouldn't, protect Jannik Hansen, they moved the winger at the deadline to the San Jose Sharks.

His appeal: Grubauer posted numbers this past season in Washington that were actually slightly better (in far fewer starts mind you) than teammate Braden Holtby, a Vezina trophy nominee. A delicious idea is making the rounds in Vancouver, where the Canucks expose Brandon Sutter to protect 23-year-old Brendan Gaunce instead. That leaves Kevin Klein as the single necessary blueliner exposed, even as the 32-year-old with a $2.9 million cap hit for next year contemplates retirement. Would the Canucks have the guts to pull off a shocker like this?

His appeal: As they build their roster, the Knights could opt for veterans on defence like Dan Hamhuis or Adam McQuaid or opt for younger types on cheap contracts with room to grow.

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