NHL Expansion Draft: St. Louis Blues Protection Strategy

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The Sharks also wouldn't mind getting back the $3.275 million owed to Ward this season.

With all respect due to Father's Day, for hockey fans, Sunday is all about the expansion draft and inevitably overreacting to the protected lists NHL teams will be revealing. The Thunderbirds have signed the following seven players to AHL one-way deals: forwards Francois Beauchemin, Matt Buckles, Ryan Horvat and Anthony Greco; defensemen Matt MacKenzie and Ed Wittchow; and goaltender Evan Cowley.

Otherwise, the Jets will need to work out a side deal (perhaps shipping a draft pick and a prospect or player like Nic Petan) to keep the Golden Knights from choosing Myers.

“Everyones a little nervous, theyre a little reluctant, ” Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon said on Torontos TSN 1050. They're all a beat behind the play, not quite ready, not quite alert, not at all intense. So everybodys in the same boat.”. Acquiring Tyler Graovac from the Minnesota Wild allows them to protect Lars Eller.

"If we don't do anything else between now and Saturday afternoon, in trading Jonathan he would've required protection", Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said Thursday.

"Some of the things we were anxious about with no-move clauses and that sort of thing didn't happen and I think the harvest of assets that we were going to have now will be what we are hoping for". “Is it a trade?

Bruce's take: Less than 48 hours after the Sens were eliminated by the Penguins in the East final, GM Pierre Dorion reached out to McPhee to talk trade.

Fleury is an available player who has the biggest potential to enter Vegas and is scheduled for a trade deadline in March.

As of now, Fleury is still at the top of the Knights list for the position, but it is not for the Penguins. The Wild have a number of tough decisions on the back line and up front, and keeping Zucker would be one. "It certainly relived a lot of the pressure thinking I had to get him moved so we wouldn't get in a jam here for our list".

The positive for Pittsburgh is that if Vegas takes Fleury to be the face of the new franchise next season, it doesnt have to worry about potentially losing a valuable young defenseman like Olli Maatta.

The Montreal Canadiens recouped a third-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres for 24-year-old defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who has a connection to Vegas coach Gerard Gallant and would've been left exposed in the expansion draft.

The release of the teams' protected lists kicks off a busy two-week stretch for the National Hockey League.

On Friday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported that the Rangers have set a first-pair defenceman as the price for Stepan's services. Tomas Plekanec has one year left on a contract that pays him $6 million, which is probably too much for the Knights.

Grabner, 29, is signed for next season with a salary-cap hit of $1.65 million, modest compared to his first Rangers season, when he started fast and finished with 27 goals.

The NHL announced Sunday morning which players have been protected by their teams for the upcoming expansion draft.

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