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If they can draft a player in the expansion draft that could be later flipped for draft picks (perhaps a Dan Hamhuis type from Dallas), more power to the Golden Knights.

The Capitals elected to the use seven forward, three defenseman and one goaltender option.

All of the picks will be made public Wednesday night during the 2017 NHL Awards show, which is taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"We really like what we're looking at right now", McPhee told reporters.

The NHL released each team's protection lists on Sunday, revealing to all the talent the expansion franchise will be able to select, flip, or hold hostage for futures, as it gets set to make its selections on Wednesday.

"People have identified people on other clubs they'd like to have", McPhee said. Marchand also begins an eight-year, team-friendly $6.125 million per season contract next season. If he is dealt, the Knights would presumably pick between Calvert or Karlsson. Is there a player that another team leaves exposed that the Stars will acquire from Vegas? The Coyotes might avoid losing a quality player in the expansion draft because the majority of their talented young forwards (Max Domi, Dylan Strome and Nick Merkley) are exempt from eligibility. Brodziak and Jaskin are players the Blues would certainly love to retain, but could be nice pieces for the Golden Knights to snag to fill immediate roles on the inaugural team. It's expected some teams will make deals with Vegas to not select a certain player on their roster. "I've been certainly talking to every team and will be talking to Las Vegas prior to our submission time tomorrow".

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That's a bit further down the line and it remains to be seen how it will play out, but for expansion purposes Fleury pretty much took out all the drama or unknown, when he nearly literally "took one for the team" to open himself up for the expansion draft.

In trading away Drouin, the Lightning opened up one more space on their protection list, which might mean 24-year-old centre Vladislav Namestnikov remains in Tampa.

"I don't think this process is any different than, say, a free agency process or a trade deadline process where there's a lot of talk leading up to the anointed hour and then activity happens".

Things remained quiet on that front as the Rangers approached Saturday's 5 p.m. deadline to submit their list of protected players.

FILE - In a Tuesday, May 16, 2017 file photo, Nashville Predators right wing James Neal (18) battles in front of the goal against Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) and right wing Chris Wagner (21) during the second period in Game 3 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Nashville, Tenn. Youngsters Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse don't meet the minimum pro experience criteria, so they're automatically protected and don't need to be exposed.