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

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"McPhee and his staff are willing to negotiate deals so the other clubs do not lose a player they would otherwise like to keep".

Zucker was born in California in 1992 to Natalie, a competitive US figure skater, but the family moved to Vegas when he was two months old. As for defensemen, Minnesota exposed both Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella, while Buffalo's Zach Bogosian and Dallas' Dan Hamhuis are also available.

After months of speculating, guessing, and building our own rosters, we are all going to learn how right or, more likely, wrong we were about how National Hockey League general managers value certain players.

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Also of note: The Wild has been linked to trade speculation for Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk.

The team could have conceivably asked Seabrook to waive his no-movement clause to expose him in the draft, but it seems highly unlikely that Vegas would have wanted to deal with his almost $7 million cap hit. Defencemen Griffin Reinhart and Tyler Pitlick might be the most attractive players available to Vegas. 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.

Seventeen years have passed, and it appears general managers are still determining how to best protect their rosters, even as a key deadline for the Vegas Golden Knights draft draws near. (For example, if a team doesn't want to lose an unprotected player, it may strike a deal to send a draft pick or a prospect player to the Knights in exchange for their not taking that unprotected player). Not to suggest the Penguins would go insane and over-spend on a free agent, but less Fleury the Penguins would have about $20 million in space under the now expected ~$75 million 2017-18 salary cap. Theyre not expected to opt for the full 5% escalator, mindful of having to pay escrow.

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"With expansion, there's a lot of unprotected goalies out there", Arizona General Manager John Chayka told reporters on Saturday.

While that's all surely going on, it's the expansion draft that is on the top of Doug Wilson's mind at the moment. "We're exploring it, trying to do everything we can to make the best decision for this franchise". The thought of losing Thornton or Marleau might anger Shark fans, but reshaping the roster now will help the team to remain competitive in the playoff chase moving forward. "But they know how we feel about them".

Tanner Pearson, left wing: Just signed a new four-year, $15 million contract. Thornton is recovering from left knee ligament surgery. Is there a player that another team leaves exposed that the Stars will acquire from Vegas?

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Vegas will submit its picks Tuesday evening at 5 p.m., with the results announced Wednesday night during the league's annual awards ceremony in Sin City. Just like they will deal with it if McPhee takes Grabner or Lindberg or Fast.

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