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Although Marcus Kruger wasn't selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, that might still be his destination.

Chicago reportedly might trade Kruger to Vegas in exchange for a defenseman. He doesn't bring much to the table offensively, but he's strong without the puck and when it comes to killing penalties. While parting ways with Kruger would be a tough pill for the Blackhawks to swallow, they could use the $3,083,333 in cap relief that a trade would provide.
Source: CSN Chicago
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 04:19:00 AM

There's a chance that the player the Edmonton Oilers end up losing in the expansion draft will be Tyler Pitlick.

Pitlick is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Vegas will be given a 72-hour window to talk to unprotected pending UFAs before the expansion draft. If Vegas works out a deal with one, then that would count as its pick from the team he played for last season. Pitlick had eight goals and 11 points in 31 games last season before his campaign was ended due to a torn ACL. He's not an established player, but he's still just 25 years old, so there's some potential there. "That’s a scenario. I would think that could be a fit (Vegas) for him, but who knows if they’d take a shot at picking him up," said Pitlck’s agent Ben Hankinson. "Tyler’s looking for an opportunity somewhere. He’s not looking to sign a contract that’s unfair. He’s just looking for a spot on an NHL team and to pick up where he left off last year."
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 04:21:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly prepared to send the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and a prospect to the Vegas Golden Knights.

In exchange Vegas would be limited to picking one of Ryan Murray, Matt Calvert, or William Karlsson from Columbus in the expansion draft. That would mean that the Blue Jackets wouldn't lose a more valuable player like Jack Johnson, David Savard, or Josh Anderson. Murray would be an intriguing pick for Vegas. He was the second overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but only recorded 11 points in 60 contests last season. Perhaps a change of scenery would help him get his career back on track.
Sat, Jun 17, 2017 04:14:00 AM

The Nashville Predators have been attempting to work out a deal with Vegas ahead of the expansion draft, but have reportedly been unsuccessful thus far.

The Predators are in a position where they could lose James Neal or Calle Jarnkrok in the expansion draft unless they can reach an understanding with the Golden Knights that they'll take someone else in exchange for additional compensation, like a draft pick. Nashville is reportedly still trying to make that happen, but if the team isn't successful, then the Predators might end up making a trade with another squad to either move Neal or Jarnkrok so that they at least get something out of it, or move a player that they would have otherwise protected to free up a slot.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 02:52:00 PM

The Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets have reportedly contacted the Rangers about the possibility of acquiring Antti Raanta.

Raanta has one season left on his two-year, $2 million contract and would be do for a substantial raise after that if his 2017-18 campaign ends up being anything like this season where he posted a 2.26 GAA and .922 save percentage in 30 contests. The Rangers likely wouldn't be able to afford that and Henrik Lundqvist, so that's when the two teams would probably part ways. However, there's a more immediate consideration and that's the fact that Vegas could simply scoop Raanta up in the expansion draft. Given the chance of that happening, it wouldn't be surprising if the Rangers traded Raanta now rather than let him be taken for nothing by Vegas. An alternative solution would be to work out a deal with Vegas where the Golden Knights take a different player from the Rangers in exchange for some other compensation like a draft pick.
Source: NY Post
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 02:20:00 PM

The NHLPA will reportedly declined to trigger the salary cap escalator for the 2017-18 campaign, which would result in the cap staying roughly flat compared to 2016-17.

If the NHLPA decides to raise the salary cap then unrestricted free agents will have more flexibility when it comes to destinations, but players overall will lose more money to escrow. A flat salary cap might hit the Chicago Blackhawks the hardest as they are arguably in the toughest cap situation to begin with. That being said, the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion creates an opportunity for Chicago and other franchises to potentially shift some contracts to the new team, both through the expansion draft itself and trades. It's believed that Marcus Kruger, who comes with a roughly $3.1 million cap hit, will be taken off Chicago's hands by Vegas.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017 01:10:00 PM

The St. Louis Blues might be trying to get the Vegas Golden Knights to take Jori Lehtera in the expansion draft.

Lehtera had a 44-point rookie campaign, but he declined offensively in each of the two seasons that followed, including his 22-point showing in 2016-17. Due in part to that, he probably wouldn't be Vegas' first choice among the Blues' unprotected players, but St. Louis has two first-round draft picks and some good defensive prospects, so the assets are there to sweeten the pot for the Golden Knights. Vegas is expected to start announcing deals with other teams this week, so we could find out soon if Lehtera is indeed heading their way.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 10:52:00 AM

Philipp Grubauer thinks he's ready to become a starter goaltender.

That doesn't necessarily mean he's on his way out of Washington, though it wouldn't be surprising if that were the case anyways. Keep in mind that he's scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and he would potentially be an expensive option as a backup, so the Capitals might want to allocate their cap space elsewhere. Las Vegas is a possible destination for him. In the meantime he plans to join Team Germany in the 2017 World Championship.
Fri, May 12, 2017 04:28:00 PM

The Vegas Golden Knights are reportedly interested in signing the KHL's Evgeny Dadonov.

Dadonov had 30 goals and 66 points in 53 games with the KHL's St. Petersburg SKA in 2016-17. The Golden Knights have already signed his KHL linemate, Vadim Shipachev, so the expansion team could be led by a duo very familiar with each other next season. It makes sense for Las Vegas. Although they'll get some good talent through the expansion draft, the Golden Knights won't have much in the way of players that have experience working with each other, so this would help them gain with some initial line chemistry. Plus if your ever going to roll the dice on a pair of KHL stars that may or may not translate well to the NHL, then an expansion season when expectations are low is the time to do it.
Source: NBC Sports
Fri, May 5, 2017 01:33:00 PM

The Boston Bruins are reportedly listening to offers for Ryan Spooner.

Spooner is eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer and the Bruins might not re-sign him even if they don't trade him. Spooner, 25, took a step back in terms of offensive production in 2016-17 with 11 goals and 39 points in 78 contests. In the playoffs he ended up being listed as a healthy scratch in Games 5 and 6, highlighting just how far he had fallen in the team's depth charts. Some of the teams that might be interested in his services include New Jersey, Vancouver, and Las Vegas.
Thu, May 4, 2017 06:20:00 PM

The New Jersey Devils have won the 2017 NHL Draft lottery.

This was a draft of big movement. The Devils moved from a projected fifth spot to first, but they weren't the team that saw the biggest jump. The Philadelphia Flyers were projected to pick 13th overall, but they have moved up to the second spot. The Dallas Stars will round out the top three despite being projected to pick eighth. Meanwhile the big loser was the Colorado Avalanche, which had the best odds of winning the draft, but will instead select fourth. The Vancouver Canucks will round out the top five while the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights will pick sixth.
Sat, Apr 29, 2017 08:23:00 PM


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