The Caps’ 10 most likely expansion draft targets for Vegas

Ever since Las Vegas was granted an NHL franchise and began to build a brand, there has been widespread speculation of whom the league’s newest team might select in the expansion draft. It will last through Tuesday. The annual awards ceremonies will be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The team will receive the list of available players from the NHL at 7 a.m. Sunday and will have 72 hours to compile its roster and submit it to the league.The Coyotes can protect Johnson in the expansion draft, though there is no certainty about whether they’ll re-sign the 31-year-old or let him test the market July 3.The Golden Knights are owned by Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium led by Bill Foley, the team will be a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference starting in the 2017-18 season. The one thing that didn’t materialize was a large number of trades happening involving players teams didn’t want to expose. You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish’.The New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks are all reported to already have deals in place with the Golden Knights.It’s the calm before the storm right now with the protected lists for the 30 National Hockey League teams set to be released on Sunday morning, and all National Hockey League teams locked in a trading freeze other than deals to be worked out specifically with the Vegas Golden Knights. Well, McPhee is clearly going to listen, but if another team were interested in the draft-and-trade, it could drive up the price of protection, landing Vegas a higher draft pick.”The issue for us isn’t going to be, ‘Can we fill out the roster?”‘ McPhee told reporters after the list was released. In other words, McPhee is happy to accept a collection of draft picks, prospects and other assets in exchange for not selecting certain players. We know that the likes of Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Radek Faksa, Valeri Nichushkin (yes, he’ll be protected), John Klingberg, and Esa Lindell are virtual locks to be protected.NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL salary cap has been set at $75 million for this season in a slight increase over a year ago. Following the draft, the Golden Knights will be permitted to trade players that were selected.Unprotected players who peak our interest. Furthermore, McPhee has to spend enough money to get to 60% of the salary cap or about $45 million. He struggled in 2016-17, but he was also adjusting to a backup role. A former first round pick with good size (six foot three) and youth on his side, Nelson would offer the Knights depth down the middle and team control after next season.In recent years, the jihadists have become even more brazen, attacking sites frequented by Westerners.Among players with previous connections to McPhee available are Stars center Cody Eakin, Red Wings defenseman Mike Green, Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer, Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov and Neuvirth, whom he drafted in Washington.