Looming expansion draft turns up trade chatter around National Hockey League

For example - and this is only an example - if the Sharks would like the Golden Knights to select Mikkel Boedker and his hefty contract, rather than someone else from their roster, they could sweeten the pot by offering further assets like a draft pick or a prospect.

Riley Nash: Maybe not the name you expected to see this time a year ago, but Nash is an incredibly affordable bottom-six piece and with the ability to play both center and the wing, there's no sense in the Bruins leaving him exposed for the Golden Knights. "We have a lot of really good hockey players and no matter what we do we're going to have to expose five or six players that we wouldn't want to expose and certainly have no desire to lose".

The Blue Jackets may have a deal in place with the Golden Knights to keep them from picking certain players at the draft, but it appears the Nashville Predators are having trouble doing something similar. It's expected that the Golden Knights will select some players in the expansion draft with the express goal of trading them to another team to build up their stock of draft picks and young prospects.

From Saturday afternoon through Thursday morning, after Vegas makes its picks, the rest of the teams can't make trades with each other.

The Knights now have until Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET to submit their expansion draft selections and any standard player contracts that were signed.

All players who have now effective and continuing "no movement" clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft must be protected.

If forward Jason Zucker is left unprotected by the Minnesota Wild, and the Golden Knights are game for instant cachet with fans, they'd land a hometown player faster than any other NHL Sun Belt team. They can protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters (forwards/defencemen) and one goaltender. Sutter's contract is looking more and more like an anchor and moving him and that $4.375-million cap hit would give the Canucks significantly more flexibility during their rebuild. That forced the team to also expose top-pairing blueliner Marc Methot.

Among players with previous connections to McPhee available are Stars center Cody Eakin, Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer and Neuvirth, whom he drafted in Washington.

Such is the case with the Anaheim Ducks, who left defensemen Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen exposed because Kevin Bieksa's contract forces them to protect him.

"It had all the feelings of a trade deadline, but there was conditions", Flames GM Brad Treliving said by phone. He's also your expected replacement for Dominic Moore should he leave via free agency come July. The league's annual awards ceremonies will be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday and then teams will gather in Chicago for the two-day entry draft, which opens on Friday.

"We have a pretty good idea of what we would do if we had to put the list in right now", he said. Nielsen is the only Red Wing in that category, and he likely would've been protected anyway.

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