On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Lightning created a deal that sent Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens (for Mikhail Sergachev) that had the additional advantage of tidying up their protected list prior to of the enlargement draft. They currently will shield each Vladislav Namestnikov and Alex Killorn. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have a exchange place with the Vegas Golden Knights to confirm they won’t lose a player within the midsummer enlargement draft that they require to stay.
Here are intriguing players who could be available for Vegas:
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins: He’s waiving his no-movement clause to assist his long-time team and since it is sensible for him to travel to a team wherever he will be a No. 1. Even if Las Vegas prefers to start out with younger goalies, they will draft Fleury, 32, and trade him. The Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers would appear to be within the explore for a tried No. 1. It’s still doable the Penguins may move him to at least one of these groups before the protected lists area unit formalized.
Left wing James Neal, Nashville Predators: The Predators haven’t aforesaid what they’re about to do, however it’s clear they need to embrace the eight-player, and one goalie, protected format. Otherwise, they’d ought to expose one among their top-four defensemen. It looks as if their final protected list alternative would come back right down to either Neal or 25-year-old Calle Jarnkrok. If they expose Jarnkrok, Vegas can seemingly take him as a result of he’s a dependable third-line center with a five-year contract paying an inexpensive $2 million. Neal has one season remaining at $5 million.
Defenseman Jonas Brodin, Minnesota Wild: It’s not a as long as he are exposed, however different choiceslike Eric Staal, Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba area unit even less appealing to show. The Wild area unit an honest candidate to form a deal so as to own a lot of say in who they lose. It’s expected that the Golden Knights can own a bushel of draft picks once the dealing is completed.
Goalie Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings haven’t aforesaid that goalie they’ll shield. Howard contend a lot of chiseler than Petr Mrazek in 2016-17. But Howard, 33, is eight years older, costlier and injury prone. He has 2 seasons left with a cap hit of $5.3 million.
Defenseman Calvin De Haan, New York Islanders: He’s solely 26, and he’s an efficient 20-minute defenseman.
It’s conjointly doable that Brock Nelson might be exposed. He’s 25 and has scored 20 or a lot of goals in 3 consecutive season. The Islanders can offer the Golden Knights a player who is also on the team for a short time.