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The Derick Brassard will reportedly be more complicated than initially thought.

It looked like the Ottawa Senators dealt Brassard to Pittsburgh in exchange for a 2018 first-round pick, Filip Gustavsson, and Ian Cole. That's all probably still true, but what's changed is that Brassard might be passing through another team, potentially Vegas, on his way to Pittsburgh. Why? So that more than one team can retain some of Brassard's salary/cap hit before he reaches the Penguins. Keep in mind that Brassard comes with a $5 million annual cap hit through 2018-19, which is hard for the Penguins to cope with under their current cap restraints. Involving more teams might also give Ottawa an immediate opportunity to flip Cole, which is something that the Senators probably wanted to do anyways. We're going to continue to list Brassard as with the Penguins as it seems that that's happening, but keep in mind that more information and components about this trade could still be revealed.
Feb 23 - 5:22 PM

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


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