McPhee was excited to discover the cache of quality players to choose from.
McPhee is making it awfully clear that he's not dead-set on what player he's going to select from any team. "And this has worked out really well for the Vegas Golden Knights".
The Chicago Blackhawks beat writers and bloggers have been basically telling us for a week now who was and wasn't going to be on the protected list, and when it was finally announced at 10:30am (1/2 hour later than the announced time on Saturday) there were no surprises for Hawks fans.
For the Washington Capitals, there was no suspense on Sunday morning, as The Post reported their protection list on Saturday afternoon.
The list of players protected from Wednesday's draft to stock the expansion Vegas Golden Knights is out, and conversely-and most importantly-the list of unprotected players.
In other words, Vegas will be in the driver's seat for the next few days, bartering with clubs that wish to hang on to the players on their unprotected list in exchange for giving up prospects and draft picks. McPhee has made it known that he's willing to cut deals-if you want a player, Vegas could select them and trade them to you.
"Vegas has indicated that they will give all 30 clubs every opportunity to keep their rosters intact if they'd like".
The Islanders for one, reportedly have a deal in place that would send Vegas a first-round pick in order to pass on exposed forwards like Josh Bailey, Shane Prince, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome. If one of those players ends up signing with the Golden Knights, he'll count as Vegas' selection from that team.
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It's believed the Knights will also take on David Clarkson's contract as part of the trade.
Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are both unprotected because they're pending-unrestricted free agents. Those conversations have been ongoing for four or five intensive days and Vegas has basically reached the point where they need to turn off the phone and pick a team. I felt like he was a poor mans Michael Frolik with him not getting a lot of minutes, so he makes some plays yet struggled to finish them in the back of the net. It would be, Do we have too many players?
"The players Vegas drafts, not all of them are going to play for Vegas. And what's best for our team is keeping the player, so that's how we measure things". "We have to establish value for that, and whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club".
Washington isn't the only team that might see a talented player plucked from its roster for nothing. Drafting/signing Stone and then flipping him down the road (perhaps at the deadline) could make sense for a team looking to stockpile assets.
Fleury was not among the nine players protected by the Penguins, opening the door for his exit to Las Vegas and his departure from the team he's played for since 2003.
Bobby Ryan has been a pretty consistent scorer in his 10 National Hockey League seasons, despite a slight decline in production this last regular season in Ottawa.
A Blues player who today has golf shirts hanging in his closet and plans to report to training camp in St. Louis in September will find out this week that wardrobes and life will change.
$5.8 million. At 32, adds personality, credibility to fledgling franchise. He's been linked to Vegas for a long time but there are no guarantees he'll be taken.