And as hard as it may be to believe, Marchessault probably deserves even more consideration as a guy the Golden Knights should hang on to.
The Golden Knights must select one player from each presently existing team. In some cases, added inducement could be handed to the Knights to take a specific player. We are going to pick our team tomorrow.
That’s our list. We’ll know Sunday how it compares to what Hextall submitted to the league. It was what we expected. “We have some control over what’s happening now – but now we’re on the clock”. “When we call managers back we’re basically saying, ‘Do you want to hear what’s going on with your team or are you just content to sit and we’re going to do what we’re going to do?’ majority want to talk about it, and then we tell them exactly what’s going on and, ‘Is there something you want to do about it or not?'”
Vegas GM George McPhee can also now begin contacting free agents such as Oshie, Shattenkirk, Alzner and others who were left unprotected by their teams.
“We are prepared and organized”, said McPhee.
“We think we can accomplish two things”, McPhee said.
“Midnight EDT would be ideal, but we’ll see”.
What’s McPhee looking for? In exchange, McPhee was intent on stockpiling draft picks to help spur the franchise’s growth through youth.
“They have been very excited”, McPhee said Monday.
The Winnipeg Jets solved an expansion issue even as they didn’t make a trade as Toby Enstrom agreed to waive his no-movement clause before the deadline Friday, allowing them to protect their other three top defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers.
Doug Armstrong and company protected forwards Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny, Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund, and Ryan Reaves, defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Joel Edmundson, and Jay Bouwmeester, and goaltender Jake Allen. Four of the first six players chosen – Rob Ramage, Mike Gartner, Rick Vaive and Craig Hartsburg – were all from the WHA, as were Michel Goulet and Messier, two future Hall Of Fame players. McPhee answered questions about his hockey team and the NHL’s expansion draft.
“It won’t have any impact on us”, McPhee said of the salary cap increase which now sets the floor at $55.4 million.
Sunday’s violence came about a week after the U.S. State Department warned of possible attacks on Western diplomatic missions and other locations in Bamako that Westerners frequent.
Teams are calling McPhee not just to negotiate a deal for them to pass on players they were forced to leave unprotected for the expansion draft but also to inquire about trading for a an opposing player who was left unprotected.
Chicago left both Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk unprotected. The Golden Knights must give their list of choices to the league by 10 a.m. ET Wednesday morning ahead of the 8 p.m. ET telecast on NBCSN.
The release of the teams’ protected lists kicks off a busy two-week stretch for the National Hockey League. Then were going to go to that club and say: We have interest in this player, theres another club that has interest in this player. “One of the reasons we want to complete the dialogue today and pick our team tomorrow is it’s going to take us a while to pick our team tomorrow”. How can we protect your roster? “But we will not make a claim with any club before we talk to the club”. Their full roster will be announced on Wednesday night.