Louis Blues: Five Potential Vegas Victims Through Expansion Draft

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Teams went one of two routes when compiling who would be protected - either pulling aside seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and one netminder.

McPhee wasn't prepared to discuss individual players when specifically asked about Fleury, but noted there were no surprises based on the numerous mock drafts the Golden Knights conducted over the past few months.

The Florida Panthers released a list of nine players who will be protected in the NHL's upcoming Expansion Draft on Sunday.

McPhee may be licking his chops at some of the talent left unprotected by his 30 counterparts when the lists were made public on Sunday, but he also knows the recent history of National Hockey League expansion teams. Also, the salaries of players selected must total at least 60 percent of the salary cap ($43.8 million) for the season that just ended.

While De Haan likely won't stand out on the stat sheet in a insane way; the market for young, responsible defensemen is slim, and the Golden Knights would be remiss to pass up on him. That player would count as his former team's selection in the expansion draft.

Boedker, who signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Sharks in free agency last summer, underperformed in his first season with the team, serving as a healthy scratch on January 5 and in Games 3 and 4 of the squad's Stanley Cup playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers.

"There have been a lot of inquiries about players on other teams", McPhee said.

Said Chayka: "I think the league will kind of wait and see how the exposure lists comes out ... then hopefully re-engage and see if we can make a deal that makes our team better".

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The Flames solidified their goaltending situation by getting the 35-year-old Smith from the Coyotes for a conditional pick and a prospect, taking advantage of their ability to protect a goalie that most other teams in the market didn't have the luxury of doing. "Then we're going to go to that club and say: 'We have interest in this player, there's another club that has interest in this player".

"We're really pleased with what's available and this, as I've said, has worked out very well for the Vegas Golden Knights", McPhee said.

Added McPhee: "The issue for us isn't going to be, 'Can we fill out the roster?' It would be, 'Do we have too many players?' There are lots of good players there".

Nobody scored more among available players than the 33-year-old Eaves, who cracked the 20-goal plateau for only the second time with 32 last season. Vancouver's talented first-round pick in 2012 has just six points in 77 National Hockey League games.

Now, if the team decides to get Fleury, who is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, they can use his knowledge and skill to teach the young goal keepers in their roster. ". I'll look back on this someday and say, 'Those were the golden years'". He's a right-handed shot and played some with Victor Hedman last season. He's recorded 613 points (287 goals, 326 assists) in 840 career contests with a role on the man advantage every year of his illustrious career. Winnipeg is another as the Jets need a starter to be a playoff threat.

The Minnesota Wild exposed forward Eric Staal and defensemen Marco Scandella and Matt Dumba.

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