Fleury among Penguins unprotected on expansion list

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After Fleury agreed to waive the no-movement clause in his contract, the Penguins protected goaltender Matt Murray, who led the team to its second consecutive championship a week ago.

Vatanen was the odd-man out in being left unprotected from a deep and talented group of Ducks defensemen. I think Cam Ward is better suited to be Scott Darling's back up this year which means that Francis either finds a trade partner or Lack plays 55-60 games in Charlotte while providing the team with an NHL-ready emergency net minder should Darling or Ward fall victim to injury.

The Kings have many fine players worth placing on their protected list, including defenseman Drew Doughty, center Anze Kopitar and goaltender Jonathan Quick. Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek and Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers are both available, as is Antti Raanta of the New York Rangers.

The question regarding the longtime Pittsburgh Penguins goalie has evolved from "Is he done as a Pen?" to "When will he officially be a Golden Knight?"

There's also nothing barring Vegas from making deals to select a player and trade him to another team. Saturday, June 17: Expansion Draft trade, waiver and signing freeze begins for all teams besides the Vegas Golden Knights.

With that said, here's a self-induced Q & A as we move through the week. In exchange, McPhee was intent on stockpiling draft picks to help spur the franchise's growth through youth.

We'll find out exactly who made side deals with Golden Knights GM George McPhee prior to next week's expansion draft. The Golden Knights will receive a 72-hour window between Sunday and Wednesday to negotiate potential contracts with pending-free agents, like Thornton and Marleau, but it's highly unlikely that either of the Sharks veteran forwards would choose to sign with an expansion team at this stage in their careers.

Those deals won't be formally revealed until Wednesday.

"Some teams I'm sure are trying to do deals with Las Vegas if they have higher end players that they're willing to subsidize". Carolina has about $24 million of cap space to play with and will have to add at least $6 million to get to the salary floor. The Wild have too many defensemen, so Jonas Brodins name has been bandied about in trade rumors, and the Ottawa Senators will have to do something because defenseman Dion Phaneuf said he wont waive his no-movement clause.

Fans will get a treat on Sunday, as 10 a.m. ET stands as the deadline for the league to "approve and simultaneously distribute" said protected lists.

"The league controlled the timetable", majority owner Bill Foley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He's also your expected replacement for Dominic Moore should he leave via free agency come July. Among the juicier ones: The Tennessean's Adam Vignan reports that the Nashville Predators might protect Calle Jarnkrok, potentially exposing James Neal.

Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly.

There's a chance the Vegas Golden Knights have already accumulated three first-round draft picks. With the exception of the 31st team, the Golden Knights, teams will not be allowed to make trades, place players on waivers, or sign players to contracts during this period.

I know what I would do, and millions of other armchair GMs have their ideas, but what will the Stars do? Some lists were pretty obvious, while others have us wondering just what some general managers were thinking.

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