Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out

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It will last through Tuesday.

The expansion draft results will be announced Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show.

Anaheim wants to keep defensemen Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson, Columbus wants to keep goalie Joonas Korpisalo, forward Josh Anderson, and defenseman Jack Johnson, and NY wants to keep forwards Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas.

But since teams weren't able to protect everyone they would like, Vegas is going to use that against them and try to swing deals to selecting specific players.

"The issue for us isn't going to be, 'Can we fill out the roster?"' McPhee told reporters after the list was released.

Now, the ball is in the court of the Golden Knights and general manager George McPhee. 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.

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Neal is a nine-time 20-goal scorer.

Among the other available defensemen: Paul Martin (San Jose); Trevor Daley (Pittsburgh); Ian Cole (Pittsburgh); Dan Hamhuis (Dallas); Johnny Oduya (Chicago); Dmitry Kulikov (Buffalo); John-Michael Liles (Boston); Jack Johnson (Columbus); Andrei Markov (Montreal); Brooks Orpik (Washington); Marc Methot (Ottawa).

DON'T SLEEP ON: Vegas controls the trade market and can make some extra picks to flip a goalie or two.

Vatanen, a fifth-year player, won't be ready for the start of next season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury.

Reports have been swirling that the Blackhawks already have a deal in place to ensure that the Golden Knights take Kruger in the draft, but the official announcement will not be made until after the draft on Wednesday.

"We've got lots of things lined up, but until we see everything, we don't have anything", McPhee said. Theres also a surplus of young goaltending talent, including Detroits Petr Mrazek, Washingtons Philipp Grubauer, the New York Rangers Antti Raanta and Colorados Calvin Pickard.

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McPhee is free to negotiate contracts with any free agents left unprotected during the next several days - players like Joe Thornton, T.J. Oshie, Alex Radulov, Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk, just to name a few.

Asked about teams calling asking Vegas to pick players for them, McPhee said Sunday that "it's already started to happen".

The Vegas Golden Knights will put together their team on Wednesday in the NHL's Expansion Draft, and they're asking for help from fans as they assemble their roster. The league is in a freeze until Thursday at 8 a.m., and the Golden Knights are the only trade partner for the 30 other NHL clubs during that time. The Blue Jackets have made three trips to the post-season in 16 years, while the Wild started much better with a berth in the West final in its third season but haven't advanced past the second round ever since.

Based on previous mock drafts, McPhee doesn't expect the Golden Knights to have any difficulty getting to the NHL's minimum payroll of 60 percent of the $75 million salary cap.

New Jersey also protected franchise goalie Cory Schneider.

In other news Sunday, the National Hockey League informed teams that the salary cap for the 2017-18 season will have a ceiling of $75 million and a floor of $55.4 million. 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.

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