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Many Options For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

OK, Vegas, take your picks.

There are plenty of intriguing names available.

Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal, Bobby Ryan, Eric Staal, Niklas Kronwall, Mike Cammalleri, Matt Dumba and Petr Mrazek were among the names left unprotected by their NHL teams for the Golden Knights expansion draft. Sami Vatanen, Josh Manson, Marc Methot, Brock Nelson, Jori Lehtera, Jack Johnson and Roberto Luongo, too.

Only it won’t be simple to handicap what the NHL’s 31st team might look like while general manager George McPhee and his staff spend the next 72 hours finalizing their selections. That’s because McPhee is already believed to have deals in place with Columbus, Anaheim and Chicago about who he’ll select from those teams.

Hint: It’s not likely to be the best player available from each.


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Primis's avatar

Vegas should go young on most all their picks.  Maybe get 2 or 3 long-time vets for leadership roles.

I think there’s enough $$ in those guys that they can do that and still make their salary floor.

Keep in mind, some of the “Available” guys are actually about to become RFA’s or UFA’s too,

Posted by Primis on 06/18/17 at 01:04 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Johnston Sportsnet, Kronwall really. Not the brightest pebble on the beach!

I agree Vegas should go young and gather picks galore. Finish last and get a good crop of prospects over a few years.

Holland is still Brain Dead

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/18/17 at 01:32 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

They’ll reach the cap floor with a bunch of prima donna bad contract players.
I also foresee many of them involved with scandals in Sin City in near future- gambling, sex drugs game fixing you know all the things that make vegas great and the reason the other three main sports leagues haven’t touched this Satan’s play pen.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 06/18/17 at 02:17 PM ET


They’ll reach the cap floor with a bunch of prima donna bad contract players.

Yeah, that makes sense.  They’re going to pick a bunch of troubled players with bad contracts instead of young, talented players that teams couldn’t reasonably protect.

Because George McPhee is stupid.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/18/17 at 03:03 PM ET

nickp91's avatar

I’m going to be a Las Vegas Golden Knights fan just because of Marc-Andre Fleury

Posted by nickp91 on 06/18/17 at 03:28 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Surprised to see Dumba exposed. I thought Kenny was supposed to trade for him to rebuild the defense.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 06/18/17 at 08:23 PM ET

All American in MN's avatar

I wish a few more of the side deals would leak.  It might explain Dumba and Scandella really aren’t available, similar to the Columbus side deal.

Posted by All American in MN on 06/18/17 at 08:45 PM ET

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