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A Reported Side Deal Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And Vegas Golden Knights

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Hearing the Lightning has a side deal with the Vegas Golden Knights to protect one or more of its young defensemen.

Those types of trades won't be announced until Wednesday, so details aren't available yet. GM Steve Yzerman neither confirmed nor denied whether he has a side deal.

"It's not something I'd share publicly at this time," Yzerman told the Times.

But it certainly makes sense for Tampa Bay to try to find a way to hold onto both Slater Koekkoek and Jake Dotchin, both of whom were left unprotected.


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Jonathan Marchessault On Being Unprotected In The Expansion Draft

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Changes are coming for the Florida Panthers this week and it will most likely begin with the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights pilfering Jonathan Marchessault, Florida’s leading goal scorer last season, on Wednesday.

Marchessault, who led the Panthers with 30 goals in 2016-17, told TVA Sports in Canada on Monday that Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was unable to swing a deal with the Knights to keep them from picking him.

It’s possible that Vegas general manager George McPhee would take former 25-goal scorer Reilly Smith or top-four defenseman Jason Demers instead of Marchessault, but it’s highly unlikely McPhee will pass on the 26-year-old Marchessault, who’s in the final season of a bargain $750,000 contract.

“My ego took a hit but it’s not like I had a bad season,” Marchessault told TVA Sports. “My agent told me there were several options, including one where the Panthers asked the Golden Knights not to pick me in exchange for a draft pick.”


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Goodbye Shane Doan

from Dan Bickley of azcentral sports,

Doan's playing career in Arizona was effectively terminated on Monday by the Coyotes when it was announced he would not be offered a contract. The organization couldn't wait for Doan to retire on his terms. The decision is callous, ungrateful and raises significant questions about the future of the franchise.

And in the end, it might be the best thing that ever happened to one of the most popular athletes in Arizona history.

Doan is 40 and has spent half his life in a Coyotes uniform. Over 20 seasons in the desert, his enduring commitment and great standing in the community helped the Coyotes survive a series of crises that could’ve severed the bond between a team and its paying customers.

He never left for greener pastures or lost belief in the future, and Coyotes fans took his cue. Out of love and respect, they remained true to the organization he dutifully represented.


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Morning Line- Damien Cox

The reality of the 31st NHL team is now upon us, with the Vegas Golden Knights set to take real shape this week with the expansion draft on Wednesday and first round of the entry draft in Chicago on Friday night. It’s the first time the NHL has expanded in 17 years, which doesn’t really explain why it’s doing so now, other than the $500 million the other 30 teams get to split among themselves.

Understand this: None of this will make the NHL better to watch for you, the fan. It’ll make it a shade worse, as talent is spread a little thinner.

The NHL has always been about adding teams and telling you it’s making itself better by “growing the game,” and its promotional arm has become much adept at generating that message in recent years. Twinning the arrival of Vegas this week with “exciting” new Adidas team jerseys — more merchandise to sell! — shows the skilful way the league packages revenue-enhancing manoeuvres as progress these days.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star where you can continue reading.

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George McPhee Is In Charge

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There is a temptation to say there has never been a moment quite like this before in NHL history – where George McPhee, the general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, is acting as a broker for the mixed bag of talent made available to him Sunday morning as part of the 2017 expansion draft proceedings.

For 72 hours, or until Vegas finalizes its expansion roster after striking its many and varied side deals, McPhee is the ringmaster of the NHL circus, overseeing a massive churning of NHL rosters.

It is a unique – but not unprecedented – moment in time that is creating trading opportunities for some teams and protection issues for others.

Under the protocols established for this expansion draft, the first of the salary-cap era, NHL teams cannot make trades with each other, only with Vegas, between now and the Golden Knights’ roster reveal, which is scheduled to take place Wednesday night in conjunction with the NHL’s annual awards ceremony.

Within that time frame, the Golden Knights can make any type of transaction they want – from side deals with existing teams interested in protecting assets, to flip deals, in which Vegas would draft a specific player from one team’s unprotected list and then flip that player to another team for other considerations.


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The Next Six

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Today, as in 1967, fans wonder where the quality players will come from to stock so many teams — at least until the Vegas Golden Knights win their first Stanley Cup.

“The NHL is definitely not a watered-down product,” said Hall of Fame exec Cliff Fletcher, who started the Atlanta Flames from scratch and turned them into Cup champions in Calgary. “And that’s because the first expansion had a tremendous impact. You had six more U.S. teams, more player opportunity, more chances for coaching development.

“All you have to do is look at (Toronto’s potential Calder Trophy winner) Auston Matthews, who took to hockey after watching the Arizona Coyotes, or Shayne Gostisbehere, who learned the game in Florida. The talent is increasing.”

Fletcher started with the Blues, expansion’s initial success story, which led the Western Division for three straight years. They failed to win a Cup final game, but built a strong program, had Scotty Bowman behind the bench and passionate fans in the stands.

“Expansion was good for hockey, though there was no parity between the East and West at the start,” Blues goalie Glenn Hall said. “It made jobs available and created interest through North America. We’d have had trouble calling ourselves a major sport without it. We represented our division very well. We wanted to prove to the Original Six owners that they weren’t the smartest animals in the jungle.”


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The Islanders May Have A Deal In Place With Golden Knights Plus Looking For Offense

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders have a deal in place to send their first-round pick to Vegas to steer the expansion franchise toward selecting a designated player off the Isles’ unprotected list, two NHL sources confirmed to Newsday on Monday.

TSN first reported the existence of the deal.

The player designated for selection is still unknown, though clearly the goal for general manager Garth Snow is to clear some salary-cap space to upgrade the team’s roster before next season.

The deal also includes a third piece going to Vegas. There is a strong possibility that it would be Mikhail Grabovski, who has yet to be cleared to play after suffering a concussion in March of 2016. Grabovski’s $5-million cap hit is on the books for one more season for the Islanders, who are already within $4 million and change of the coming season’s $75-million salary cap.

Multiple reports indicate that Snow has been working the phones to try and secure a high-end offensive talent to bolster the team behind John Tavares.


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Evening Line- Shane Doan

via Arizona Sports tweets,

Shane Doan on @BurnsAndGambo: "Without a doubt" re: feeling some sadness and anger over what happened w/ Coyotes

Shane Doan on @BurnsAndGambo talking about team moving on: "I wasn't expecting it, so there's an element of surprise in that"

Shane Doan on @BurnsAndGambo says owner Barroway wanted to go with younger players, and felt him being around may have delayed things.

Shane Doan on @BurnsAndGambo: "I disagree with the decision, but that's not my prerogative -- that's theirs"

Shane Doan on @BurnsAndGambo says he will not throw away all he has built up with the Coyotes org. over Barroway's decision to move on.

A few more related tweets in their recent timeline too.

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Afternoon Line- Darren Dreger On Evander Kane

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Tampa Bay Lightning Extend Peter Budaj For Two Years

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