It's hard to say for certain but the outlook seems to be that McPhee has a ton of control of this situation and that he alone will set the market for teams making these sorts of deals. Any player with a current/continuing no-movement clause was exempt, and eight of the Blackhawks' 11 protected players have one (Toews, Kane, Hossa, Anisimov, Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson and Crawford).
Vegas must select 30 players, one from each contributing team. Brodziak and Jaskin are players the Blues would certainly love to retain, but could be nice pieces for the Golden Knights to snag to fill immediate roles on the inaugural team.
Conventional wisdom has the Knights selecting Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"There's a lot of unprotected goalies out there", Chayka said.
Nashville Predators forward James Neal and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen also were left unprotected.
There's also a wealth of proven goaltenders available given that teams were required to expose at least one. 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 list of players drafted by Vegas will be made public on Wednesday night during the National Hockey League awards and can be watched live on NBCSN at 8 pm ET.
McPhee has a variety of ways he can approach the expansion draft. They will try to sign top free agents. But it's unlikely the two would consider joining an expansion team at this point in their respective careers.
That said, what we learned from McPhee is that his intention is to build the Golden Knights through the NHL Entry Draft and over the next four-to-five years.
Vegas general manager George McPhee knows him well because McPhee's former team, the Washington Capitals, were in the same conference. Teams could also ask Vegas to pick an exposed player they're interested in, then get the Knights to subsequently flip him.
Teams were allowed to protect only one goaltender from the draft. Rules of that nature will make it easier for the team to collect a cache of draft picks before they ever play a single game. He's got one year left on his deal with a modest $1 million United States cap hit. The 2017-18 salary cap is $75 million, an increase of about 2.75 percent over last season.
Vegas has until 10 a.m. Wednesday to make its picks, which will be revealed during the NHL Awards Show Wednesday night.
His appeal: Nelson has scored at least 20 goals in each of the last three seasons - and a large bunch of them at even-strength.
The league and NHL Players' Association announced the cap and the salary floor of $55.4 million in a joint statement. There is plenty of room for negotiation, so Doug Armstrong will have to be on his game in these dealings to put the Blues in the best spot for success in the upcoming season. For budget teams, the floor increased just $1.4 million from $54 million.
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