The Bruins left these 19 players unprotected from Vegas' expansion draft

Every team - except for Vegas, of course - had until 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning to finalize a list of players they wanted to keep from being selected in the expansion draft.

"This has been a fascinating experience to date".

There's going to be a lot of action, in the next two days and in the coming weeks.

"This is a complicated process", McPhee said. "We have some control over what's happening now - but now we're on the clock". We do know that the Golden Knights at least won't be starting the season with a bunch of players who are trying to prove that everyone was wrong about them. The 25-year-old has a.923 save percentage in his first 66 National Hockey League games with numbers last season mirroring Vezina trophy nominee Braden Holtby - albeit as a backup with fewer starts.

Only players with more than two years of pro experience needed to be protected, so the Bruins didn't have to protect young defensemen Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. McPhee is willing to be flexible, but made clear that Vegas is in the driver's seat.

"It's going to take us awhile to pick the team tomorrow", said McPhee.

While some huge and quite recognizable names - Jaromir Jagr, Joe Thornton, Cam Ward - are available, not everyone is up for grabs.

Offensive upside is relatively limited with first and second year pros exempt from selection. The most notable players the Capitals could lose are defenseman Nate Schmidt and goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

“The issue for us isnt going to be, ‘Can we fill out the roster?” McPhee told reporters after the list was released.

“We really like what were looking at right now, ” McPhee said. "There are lots of good players there", McPhee said. Most importantly, each team could only protect one goalie. Little wonder the Ducks would like to work out a deal with the Knights to keep him.

Sometime late Wednesday, McPhee and the rest of the Knights' front office will be able to relax, if only briefly.

Worst-case scenario for Vegas and the National Hockey League is a repeat of the Atlanta Thrashers. ". I'll look back on this someday and say, 'Those were the golden years'".

Still, this is a fun time to play the role of the 58-year-old McPhee, who played with Garry Galley and Brian MacLellan at Bowling Green University. He had just 18 goals and 23 assists past year. Sanford started his pro career last season.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome.

"We can put a good team on the ice and accumulate draft picks and be in a surplus situation here in the next couple of years so that we can start with a real good team and then build it with these draft picks to a team that can win a Cup", said McPhee, who figures three or four new players will be in Vegas for the reveal show Wednesday night. Along with Fleury, other goalies exposed are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth. Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could be a sleeper selection for the Knights from the Chicago Blackhawks' pool of players. He's a right-handed shot.

Vanbiesbrouck backstopped Florida to the 1996 Stanley Cup final - where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche (coached by Belleville's Marc Crawford). He's been linked to Vegas for a long time but there are no guarantees he'll be taken. Last season, he was out for 20 games with an upper-body injury.

The week is shaping up to be a very busy one and it all kicks off with the Expansion Draft. He struggled in 2016-17, but he was also adjusting to a backup role. As for defensemen, Minnesota exposed both Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella, while Buffalos Zach Bogosian and Dallas Dan Hamhuis are also available.

The Thrashers bombed with only 39 points in their first season - last in the league in goals and goals against.

Staal had his best season in a long time with 28 goals for Minnesota, although he struggled in the playoffs with an assist in five games.

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