All talk, few trades before NHL's expansion roster freeze

Randall Craig
June 19, 2017

The San Jose Sharks are a team in transition as they have gone as far as possible in the playoffs with this group of players.

Clubs have two options for players they wish to protect in the expansion draft.

Good question. The Canes could have Darling and Ward as their two goalies next season - their version of the Penguins' Matt Murray and Marc Andre-Fleury this year, if you will. All first and second-year pros, as well as all unsigned draft choices, are exempt from selection.

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. Here's what they said about teams in their market. The Golden Knights must select the following number of players at each position: 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders and must select a minimum of 20 players who are under contract for the 2017-18 season. Forced to choose between 33-year-old Jimmy Howard, who's coming off a terrific season, and 25-year-old Petr Mrazek, who struggled in 2016-17, the Wings went with Howard.

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.

The Calgary Flames roster is filled with quality forwards, but not everyone can be protected in the upcoming expansion draft. The team also listed Trevor Carrick, Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy as their defensemen, and new goalie Scott Darling in net. He's owed just $2.075 million next season and is controllable through 2018. By signing Ben Smith to a $650,000 deal, he becomes eligible for the draft.

The Senators were handcuffed by veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf's decision to not waive his no-movement clause. Only Zibanejad now is unsigned, and it seems that general manager Jeff Gorton might be looking toward more than a bridge deal with the 24-year-old center.

The Carolina Hurricanes' Eddie Lack (31) reacts after the New York Islanders' Andrew Ladd (16), a former Hurricane, scored a power play goal against him during game against the New York Islanders at PNC Arena on April 6, 2017.

The Golden Knights will be allowed first crack at any pending unrestricted or restricted free agent, as long as that player is not protected in the Expansion Draft. Among the juicier ones: The Tennessean's Adam Vignan reports that the Nashville Predators might protect Calle Jarnkrok, potentially exposing James Neal.

"It doesn't take a very intelligent human being to understand our situation", Fletcher said.

"The players Vegas drafts, not all of them are going to play for Vegas".

Of course, today's deadline is more about teams making deals between each other to avoid losing players, at least on its face.

Deadlines to keep in mind were Friday evening's last call for players to waive no-movement clauses, followed by Saturday's 3 p.m. roster freeze for all teams other than Vegas.

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