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

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McPhee said Sunday that a team must offer the Golden Knights an asset "better" than the player he can claim in the draft.

What will the Hawks' protection list look like? The most notable players the Capitals could lose are defenseman Nate Schmidt and goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

It will be a sorrowful moment for the player, team and fans to see Fleury's 14 year association with the Penguins come to an end, but in a bittersweet way it's a blessing in disguise for the Pens.

Such is the case with the Anaheim Ducks, who left defensemen Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen exposed because Kevin Bieksa's contract forces them to protect him.

The only National Hockey League trades which can be completed this week have to include the Golden Knights. Fleury was nearly traded at the deadline due to the Penguins already having Matt Murray in net but they chose to keep him for their playoff run; a good decision as Fleury starred in the first two rounds with Murray nursing an injury.

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Vegas will nearly certainly have a strong goaltending tandem next year.

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.

Now begins the jockeying regarding some of those top players.

No trade with Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee is in place to save one of their exposed players, nor is any trade imminent for one of those exposed players, notably goalie Antti Raatna.

"It's a part of the reason we like this trade", Yzerman said of the deal, which netted Mikhail Sergachev, a high-upside defensive prospect who is exempt from exposure to Vegas.

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When Commissioner Gary Bettman officially announced the NHL's first expansion team since 2000 would be based in Las Vegas, Nevada nearly a year ago, the idea of hockey mixed with the glitz and glamour of the desert may have been hard to believe.

The first of what is expected to be several moves by the Golden Knights was made before Saturday's noon deadline for transactions before the NHL Expansion Draft. This might be more significant than some others if Nashville is indeed running into a brick wall trying to sway McPhee from taking someone of Neal's stature, especially since the deadline to trade with teams other than the Golden Knights already passed. Vegas will need to select three goalies, and the other options are intriguing.

While Washington would still likely trade Grubauer in this scenario, they would at least be able to get something for him.

"The players Vegas drafts, not all of them are going to play for Vegas". The Golden Knights must give their list of choices to the league by 10 a.m. ET Wednesday morning ahead of the 8 p.m. ET telecast on NBCSN.

"I think there's a lot going on right now and we'll have a better idea after the weekend when they set the cap for the next year and the teams set their rosters for expansion and we know who's out there, who's available", Benning said.

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