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

It's believed that Golden Knights GM George McPhee already has some deals brewing that will give him picks (and more?) to guide his hand away from teams' unprotected players.

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.

Tomorrow, all thirty GM's of the existing NHL teams will submit to the league their lists of players they want to protect from the expansion draft.

The Montreal Canadiens recouped a third-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres for 24-year-old defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who has a connection to Vegas coach Gerard Gallant and would've been left exposed in the expansion draft. The fifth-year player, however, won't be ready for the start of the season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury. Oh, and expect General Manager Ron Francis to try to use some of their 10 picks in trades to acquire an established scorer to bolster the team's top two offensive lines.

"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".

All trades involving the Golden Knights are not expected to be made official/public until the expansion draft reveal on June 21.

The Canes could use the 7-3-1 option, protecting forwards Staal, Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Teuvo Teravainen, Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe, and defensemen Justin Faulk, Ryan Murphy and possibly Trevor Carrick. Not to suggest the Penguins would go insane and over-spend on a free agent, but less Fleury the Penguins would have about $20 million in space under the now expected ~$75 million 2017-18 salary cap.

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Of course, as Roar Lions Roar pointed out this morning, Barratt is far from the only Penn State player or prospect that could enter the season with an National Hockey League team behind him. Goalie Jeff Glass is under contract for next season and fulfills the requirement for exposed goaltenders.

The Senators were handcuffed by veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf's decision to not waive his no-movement clause.

Among players with previous connections to McPhee available are Stars center Cody Eakin, Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer and Neuvirth, whom he drafted in Washington.

"It had all the feelings of a trade deadline, but there was conditions", Flames GM Brad Treliving said by phone. Also needing to be accommodated are defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones, with a year to run on their deals and significant raises due.

Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly. The team will unveil its initial roster with expansion draft picks during Wednesday's NHL Awards Show from Vegas (8 p.m., NBCSN).

That doesn't mean the other GMs can't talk.

"I think we're leaning towards one direction than the other, but between now and then things could change". Knowing they couldn't, or wouldn't, protect Jannik Hansen, they moved the winger at the deadline to the San Jose Sharks.

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