Fleury among Penguins unprotected on expansion list

It's the calm before the storm right now with the protected lists for the 30 National Hockey League teams set to be released on Sunday morning, and all National Hockey League teams locked in a trading freeze other than deals to be worked out specifically with the Vegas Golden Knights.

"We were expecting this mass re-distribution of players". It's a good sign that the Golden Knights, even if they don't end up picking a bunch of great players, will at least end up with a stockpile of draft picks that'll hopefully turn into great players.

David Krejci: Another no-movement clause protected talent, the Bruins did not ask Krejci to consider waiving his NMC for the Golden Knights, which makes sense, as it would be stupid to lose this player for nothing.

The Ottawa Senators, who almost made it to the Cup Finals, reportedly have some problems regarding veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who won't waive his no-movement clause.

Fleury and Murray split the duties in the playoffs as the Penguins won a second consecutive championship.

Among those left unprotected, and available to the Golden Knights in the draft, were goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack, forwards Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck. Oshie was tied with Alex Ovechkin for the team lead with a career-best 33 goals last season, reaching double digits for the eighth time in nine National Hockey League seasons.

Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, Thomas Vanek of Florida, Bobby Ryan of Ottawa and Kris Russell of the Edmonton Oilers were among the other forwards left unprotected. As for defensemen, Buffalo's Zach Bogosian and Dallas' Dan Hamhuis are available. Lindberg and Fast, both 25-year-old Swedes, are restricted free agents and hold arbitration rights.

San Jose has two notable veteran free agents in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Martin is also a guy McPhee surely knows well as he spent his entire career in the Eastern Conference before joining the Sharks two seasons ago.

The ice is down as the Vegas Golden Knights host a Glass Seat Reveal for prospective premium ticket members at the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

"We really like what we're looking at right now", McPhee said Sunday, per TSN.

If the Knights sign an unprotected RFA or UFA after the protected lists come out, that would count as a team's expansion player and they would not lose another in the draft. It seems like their seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie are set, and all the requirements needed for players to expose have been met. He's got one year left on his deal with a modest $1 million United States cap hit.

The Columbus Blue Jackets reportedly have sent their first-round draft pick, No. 24 overall, in the NHL Entry Draft on Friday to the Knights, who in exchange won't take backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, forward Matt Calvert or defenseman Jack Johnson.

Then comes the start of free agency, which opens on July 1. The NHL Players Association executive board is meeting in Toronto to determine whether it will approve raising the salary cap from $73 million to $75 million.

The league and NHL Players' Association announced the cap and the salary floor of $55.4 million in a joint statement. 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.

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