Potential Vegas Golden Knights Roster

Potential Vegas Golden Knights Roster

Here’s a list of the players reportedly joining the Vegas Golden Knights,. The roster will be officially unveiled later tonight at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Goaltenders:

Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins)

The Golden Knights could also receive goaltender Jean-Francois Berube (New York Islanders).

Defensemen:

Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)

Derek Engelland (Calgary Flames)

Jason Garrison (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Brayden McNabb (Los Angeles Kings)

Jon Merrill (New Jersey Devils)

Marc Methot (Ottawa Senators)

Colin Miller (Boston Bruins)

Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oilers)

David Schlemko (San Jose Sharks)

Nate Schmidt (Washington Capitals)

Clayton Stoner (Anaheim Ducks)

The Golden Knights could also receive blueliners Shea Theodore from the Anaheim Ducks and Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Forwards:

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, left wing/center. (Philadelphia Flyers)

William Carrier (Buffalo Sabres)

Cody Eakins, center (Dallas Stars)

Mikhail Grabovski, center (New York Islanders)

Erik Haula, center/left wing (Minnesota Wild)

William Karlsson, center (Columbus Blue Jackets)

Marcus Kruger, center (Chicago Blackhawks)

Brendan Leipsic, center (minors) (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Oscar Lindberg, center (New York Rangers)

Jonathan Marchessault, right wing (Florida Panthers)

James Neal, right wing (Nashville Predators)

Tomas Nosek, left wing (minors) (Detroit Red Wings)

David Perron, winger (St. Louis Blues)

The Golden Knights could end up with winger Reilly Smith from the Panthers. They also received right wing Alex Tuch from the Wild. They are also expected to acquire the contract of winger David Clarkson from the Blue Jackets.

Note: This list will be updated periodically leading up to tonight’s NHL Awards at 8 pm ET.  Bear in mind this list is based on the latest reports from various media sources around the league. The official roster could be different than what is listed above.

 











Notable Players Exposed in NHL Expansion Draft Protection Lists

Notable Players Exposed in NHL Expansion Draft Protection Lists

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan is among several notable players left unprotected in the upcoming NHL expansion draft.

The NHL Expansion Draft protection lists were revealed today. Here’s a look at the notable players left exposed in the upcoming expansion draft on June 21, 2017.

Anaheim Ducks: Patrick Eaves, Josh Manson, Sami Vatanen, Jonathan Bernier.

Arizona Coyotes: Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata.

Boston Bruins: Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Drew Stafford, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller.

Buffalo Sabres: Brian Gionta, Matt Moulson, Zach Bogosian, Cody Franson, Josh Gorges, Dmitry Kulikov.

Calgary Flames: Troy Brouwer, Matt Stajan, Kris Versteeg, Michael Stone, Dennis Wideman, Brian Elliott.

Carolina Hurricanes: Lee Stempniak, Cam Ward, Eddlie Lack.

Chicago Blackhawks: Marcus Kruger, Brian Campbell, Johnny Oduya, Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Colorado Avalanche: Joe Colborne, Mikhail Grigorenko, Carl Soderberg, Calvin Pickard.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Josh Anderson, Matt Calvert, Sam Gagner, Jack Johnson, Joonas Korpisalo.

Dallas Stars: Cody Eakin, Ales Hemsky, Jiri Hudler, Patrick Sharp, Dan Hamhuis, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi.

Detroit Red Wings: Darren Helm, Drew Miller, Riley Sheahan, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, Petr Mrazek.

Edmonton Oilers: David Desharnais, Benoit Pouliot, Kris Russell.

Florida Panthers: Jaromir Jagr, Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Marchessault, Rielly Smith, Thomas Vanek, Roberto Luongo.

Los Angeles Kings: Dustin Brown, Jarome Iginla, Marian Gaborik, Matt Greene.

Minnesota Wild: Martin Hanzal, Erik Haula, Eric Staal, Matt Dumba, Marco Scandella, Darcy Kuemper.

Montreal Canadiens: Tomas Plekanec, Alexander Radulov, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov, Al Montoya.

Nashville Predators: Vernon Fiddler, Mike Fisher, James Neal, P-A Parenteau, Mike Ribeiro, Craig Smith, Colin Wilson, Colton Sissons, Austin Watson.

New Jersey Devils: Mike Cammalleri, Devante Smith-Pelly, Ben Lovejoy, Keith Kinkaid.

New York Islanders: Josh Bailey, Jason Chimera, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan, Thomas Hickey, Dennis Seidenberg, Jaroslav Halak.

New York Rangers: Jesper Fast, Michael Grabner, Brandon Pirri, Oscar Lindberg, Brendan Smith, Kevin Klein, Antti Raanta.

Ottawa Senators: Alex Burrows, Chris Kelly, Clarke MacArthur, Chris Neil, Bobby Ryan, Mark Methot, Fredrik Claesson, Mike Condon, Andrew Hammond.

Philadelphia Flyers: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Michael Raffl, Matt Read, Dale Weise, Michael Del Zotto, Andrew MacDonald, Nick Schultz, Steve Mason, Michal Neuvirth.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kunitz, Bryan Rust, Trevor Daley, Ron Hainsey, Mark Streit, Marc-Andre Fleury.

San Jose Sharks: Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Joel Ward, Paul Martin, Aaron Dell.

St. Louis Blues: Kyle Brodziak, Jori Lehtera, Magnus Paajarvi, David Perron, Scottie Upshall, Nail Yakupov, Carl Gunnarsson.

Tampa Bay Lightning: J.T. Brown, Cedric Paquette, Jason Garrison, Andrej Sustr, Peter Budaj.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Brian Boyle, Brooks Laich, Joffrey Lupul, Milan Michalek, Martin Marincin, Roman Polak, Curtis McElhinney.

Vancouver Canucks: Derek Dorsett, Brendan Gaunce, Luca Sbisa, Alex Biega, Ryan Miller.

Washington Capitals: Jay Beagle, Brett Connolly, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brooks Orpik, Nate Schmidt, Philipp Grubauer.

Winnipeg Jets: Marko Dano, Shawn Matthias, Toby Enstrom, Michael Hutchinson, Ondrej Pavelec.

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 18, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 18, 2017

Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee will start compiling his inaugural roster today.

Early look at some expansion draft protection lists plus Devils & Sharks swing a minor trade. Details & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The Vegas Golden Knights will begin compiling their roster today as the NHL expansion draft protected lists from the other 30 teams are unveiled today.

A roster/waiver freeze is currently in effect until 8 am on Thursday, June 22, but the 30 teams can discuss trades with the Golden Knights. Any deals made during this period will be officially announced after the trade/roster freeze.

The club released a statement Saturday indicating their willingness to discuss deals with other clubs so that they won’t lose a player in the expansion draft they might otherwise keep.

“The Columbus Blue Jackets reportedly have sent their first-round draft pick, No. 24 overall, in the NHL Entry Draft on Friday to the Knights, who in exchange won’t take backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo, forward Matt Calvert or defenseman Jack Johnson. The Knights also would agree to take on the salary of David Clarkson, who has back issues and is not expected to play again. His salary cap hit is $5.25 million.”

SPORTSNET: The expansion draft protected lists will be released at 10 am ET today. Here’s an early look at some of the players who could be protected or left unprotected.

 

 

 

 

 

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators will roll the dice on defenseman Marc Methot as he’ll be left unprotected in the expansion draft. 

THE TENNESSEAN: It’s expected the Nashville Predators will go the eight-skater route to protect Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm. They’re also protecting forward Calle Jarnkrok. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild could be leaning toward exposing defenseman Jonas Brodin in the expansion draft. Veteran center Eric Staal could also be exposed. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll know later today which players end up protected. I daresay we’ll also hear plenty of trade speculation over the next three days involving the Golden Knights and teams hoping to avoid losing a good player in the expansion draft. Golden Knights GM George McPhee signaled his intent to stock up on draft picks and prospects.  

TVA SPORTS: Having dealt away most of goaltender Mike Smith’s contract yesterday to the Calgary Flames, a source claims they’ll have to absorb a “ghost contract” to reach next season’s salary-cap floor. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes currently have over $42.8 million invested in 18 players for 2017-18. If the salary cap floor rises to $57 million, they’ll have to take on around $16 million to become cap compliant.

Part of that will likely go toward a new starting goaltender. A good chunk could be taken up in taking on the contract of an all-but-retired player. That’s what they did last year when they acquired Pavel Datsyuk’s contract last year from Detroit and Chris Pronger’s from Philadelphia two years ago. 

TSN: Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler underwent hip surgery and will require 12 weeks of recovery. 

NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils yesterday “acquired defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth-round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for 2017 second-round and fourth-round picks.”

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes hired Mike Bales as their new goaltending coach. Bales served in that role for four seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: The Penguins promoted Mike Buckley as Bales’ replacement. 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 17, 2017

NHL expansion draft trade & contract signing freeze is 3 pm ET today.

Expansion draft deadlines, salary-cap update, Flyers & Coyotes swing a trade and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

 NHL.com: The NHL’s expansion draft trade/waiver freeze and the moratorium on contract signings will begin at 3 PM ET today for all clubs except the Vegas Golden Knights. The deadline for the established 30 teams to submit their expansion draft protection lists to the league is 5 pm ET.

TSN: The NHLPA’s executive board is voting on a $75 million salary-cap ceiling for 2017-18.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If approved, the salary-cap floor will be set at $57 million. 

NBC SPORTS:  San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton is reportedly recovering well from his recent knee surgery. His contract talks with the Sharks are ongoing. He’s an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of defenseman Simon Despres. They will be on the hook for one-third of the remaining value of the contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see the contract buyout breakdown at CapFriendly.com. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Nick Cousins and goaltender Merrick Madsen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Brendan Warren and a fifth-round draft pick in 2018. The Coyotes intend to protect Cousins in the upcoming expansion draft.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Flyers carrying over $64 million in cap space for 2017-18 invested in 17 players, Cousins evidently didn’t fit into their future plans.The Coyotes value his two-way style. The 24-year-old is a restricted free agent coming off a one-year, $840K contract.  

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers re-signed Jujhar Khaira to a two-year contract extension worth $675K annually.

 

 











NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 2, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 2, 2017

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban is confident his club will win Game 3 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Latest Stanley Cup Final news, key dates ahead of expansion draft & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

SPORTSNET: With his club down 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final, Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban guarantees his club will win Game 3 on Saturday in Nashville. “We’re going to win the next game and we’ll go from there,” he said.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Game 3 is a must-win for the Predators. If they lose that game, they fall into an almost insurmountable 3-0 hole in the series.  

TRIBLIVE.COM: Despite taking fewer shots and giving up more in the 2017 playoffs compared to last year, the Penguins are focusing more upon limiting their opponent’s high-danger opportunities rather than shot totals. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That certainly seems to be working so far for the Penguins. Having strong goaltending also helps. 

USA TODAY: Game 2 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final was the second-most watched since 2002 and the most-watched cable program on Wednesday night. 

NHL.COM: The league released a list of updated critical dates leading up to the expansion draft on June 21. Among the notable:

June 12 (5 pm ET) is the deadline for clubs to request a player with a no-movement clause to waive it in order to be exposed in the draft. Nashville and Pittsburgh have a possible extended deadline of the day following the last day of the Stanley Cup Final if the series stretches beyond June 12.

A waiver/roster freeze goes into effect for all clubs except the Vegas Golden Knights at 5 pm ET on June 17 until 8 am ET on June 22. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Regular contract discussions are continuing  between the Tampa Bay Lightning and restricted free agent forward Tyler Johnson. 

TSN.CA: Agent Pat Brisson, who represents Montreal Canadiens RFA forward Alex Galchenyuk, said his client is open to signing a one-year contract with the Habs. We won’t say no to a one-year contract either. We’ll continue studying Galchenyuk’s case and we’ll look at what he can get in arbitration.”

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks and assistant coach Paul MacLean agreed to mutually part ways after two seasons. 

SUN-SENTINEL: The Florida Panthers hired former player Shawn Thornton as their VP of business operations. They’re also reportedly in talks with Chris Pronger regarding a management position. 

TORONTO STAR: Former NHL enforcer Bob McGill is recovering in hospital after suffering two strokes. McGill played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders and Hartford Whalers from 1981 to 1994. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to McGill for a speedy recovery. 

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Kings have hired Alex Faust to replace the retiring Bob Miller as their new play-by-play man. 

 











Expansion Draft’s Effect Upon the 2016-17 NHL Trade Market



Expansion Draft’s Effect Upon the 2016-17 NHL Trade Market

This summer’s NHL expansion draft could force the Minnesota Wild to make some difficult player movement decisions.

At the dawn of a brand new year, NHL scribes such as myself usually make predictions over how we see events unfolding over the remainder of his season and into the next. This year, I predict the expansion draft in June will have a significant effect upon the NHL trade market.

Though the expansion draft is slated for June 21, it will play a substantial role in any major trades leading up to the March 1 trade deadline. It could also affect offseason deals up until June 17, when the current 30 teams must submit their lists of protected players to the league.

Under the draft rules, teams can either protect 11 players (seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender) or eight skaters (four forwards and four blueliners) plus a goalie. Any team acquiring a forward, defenseman or goaltender signed beyond this season must ensure they can protect those acquisitions in the expansion draft.

For example, let’s assume the Toronto Maple Leafs trade left wing James van Riemsdyk to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Cam Fowler before the March 1, 2017 trade deadline.

Because of van Riemsdyk’s age (26), current salary ($4.5 million), offensive prowess and eligibility for unrestricted free agency in 2018, some observers consider him the Leafs’ best trade bait to acquire a top-four blueliner. The Ducks are deep in young defensemen under contract beyond this season and need a skilled scoring left winger.

While in-season “hockey trades” are rare in today’s salary-cap world, such moves still occasionally take place. Last January, the Columbus Blue Jackets shipped center Ryan Johansen to the Nashville Predators for rearguard Seth Jones.

Adding Fowler certainly addresses the Leafs need for another top-four defenseman. However, it would affect the number of blueliners they can protect from the expansion draft.

Currently, the Leafs would protect Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner and promising Connor Carrick. Adding Fowler to the mix means they must adopt the eight-skater protection route to keep him plus Rielly, Gardiner and Carrick.

Going that route puts the Leafs at risk of losing a forward such as Connor Brown, Leo Komarov or Matt Martin in the expansion draft. While that might not seem like a great loss, they are significant role players for the Leafs. Management could be unwilling to leave any of them exposed.

Instead of considering a swap of van Riemsdyk for Fowler before the March 1 trade deadline, the Leafs might be better off waiting until after the expansion draft. That would allow them to use the 11-player protection option to protect more key players.

Some teams, such as the Minnesota Wild, risk losing a good young player in the expansion draft regardless of which protection option they choose.

The Wild could use the eight-skater plan to protect four blueliners. Ryan Suter is automatically exempt from the draft because of his no-movement clause. Assuming they protect Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba, they risk losing a good young forward such as Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Jeff Zucker or Mikael Granlund. Should the Wild opt to protect three defensemen, Spurgeon, Brodin or Dumba could be the odd man out.

Rather than risk losing a young forward or defenseman to the expansion draft for nothing, Wild management could put one on the trade block for either a draft-ineligible player, a quality draft pick or a good prospect. Given the Wild’s current strong play, that move probably won’t happen until the playoffs have ended. 

Teams carrying depth in goaltenders could also decide to trade one of them, rather than leave them exposed in the draft. Such is the case with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Long-time starter Marc-Andre Fleury has lost his role to rising star Matt Murray, who backstopped the Pens to the Stanley Cup last season. Fleury carries a no-movement clause. Under draft rules, he must be protected unless he agrees to waive it.

Since last summer, speculation suggests the Pens could ask Fleury to accept a trade. That move could come either before this season’s trade deadline or prior to the submission date for player protection lists.