All talk, few trades before NHL's expansion roster freeze

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Fleury had a no-movement clause that would have required the Pens to stick him on the protected list and leave the younger - and cheaper - Murray exposed, but he did the franchise a favor and waived the clause for the draft.

Anaheim Ducks couldn't find room on their list to protect fifth year defenceman Sami Vatanen, who won't be ready for the start of next season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury. The fifth-year player, however, won't be ready for the start of the season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury.

The first round of the draft begins on June 23 and San Jose will have eight picks to work with.

The Canes protected goalie Scott Darling, forwards Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Teuvo Teravainen, Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe; and defensemen Justin Faulk, Ryan Murphy and Trevor Carrick.

Other notable forwards left unprotected were Los Angeles's Dustin Brown, Montreal's Tomas Plekanec and Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz. As for defensemen, Buffalo's Zach Bogosian and Dallas' Dan Hamhuis are available. Along with Fleury, other goalies exposed are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth.

And that was before McPhee learned of the high-profile group of players he'll have to choose from - limited to one from each of the 30 teams - in stocking the Golden Knights roster before submitting his list on Wednesday.

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher joked Wednesday that he hasn't slept well the past few nights, and it might be because the NHL Expansion Draft is just a week away. McPhee is willing to negotiate with any and all teams willing to give up something to keep a certain player.

"We're going to put our team together and watch it come to life in front of us". It's possible the Canes could offer McPhee a draft pick to select a goalie - perhaps Lack.

Seventeen years have passed, and it appears general managers are still determining how to best protect their rosters, even as a key deadline for the Vegas Golden Knights draft draws near.

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The Blue Jackets are reportedly including the 24th overall pick in this year's entry draft in their deal, per both TSN and Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch. The Islanders were the only team to protect five defensemen, and they might still lose blue-liner Calvin de Haan.

Keep in mind that just because a player has been left unprotected doesn't mean he's necessarily going to be snapped up by Vegas.

The Hawks would protect Jurco as their seventh forward because they want to shed the contract of Kruger, who carries an approximate $3.1 million cap hit the next two seasons.

The Senators couldn't convince Dion Phaneuf to waive his no-movement clause, putting them in a position where they will likely lose Erik Karlsson's favourite defence partner. That forced the team to also expose top-pairing blueliner Marc Methot.

Among players with previous connections to McPhee available are Stars center Cody Eakin, Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer and Neuvirth, whom he drafted in Washington. Girardi and the Rangers bid an emotional goodbye after 11 seasons, but it was a necessary move as many of these are with Vegas about to poach 30 players for its inaugural season.

Then comes the start of free agency, which opens on July 1.

Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly. The only deals other teams can make during the freeze are deals involving the Knights.

The NHL's roster freeze kicks in today at 3pm ET, upon which teams can not finalize trades with one another until June 22 at 8am ET.

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