We now know every player available in the National Hockey League expansion draft

The Predators were put in a bind by exposing Neal, a 10-time 20-goal-scorer, because they elected to protect a fourth defenseman.

Among those left unprotected are David Perron, Dmitrij Jaskin, Kyle Brodziak, Magnus Paajarvi, Jori Lehtera, defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, and goaltender Carter Hutton. Both players will be 38 at the start of next season.

Some reports have trickled out, and there have been musings from well-connected media members that Vegas may already have as many as three first-round picks in its back pocket. The list included forwards Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov, Ryan Hartman, Rickard Panik and Tomas Jurco, defensemen Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brent Seabrook and goalie Corey Crawford.

Teams also must make one goaltender available who is under contract for next season. Aside from Fleury, other goalies available are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth.

The Golden Knights must choose 30 players, one from each team.

The new franchise has the next 72 hours to select its expansion draft choices. If they can work out a deal with Vegas to not lose a player like Neal, then that would relieve some tension.

Canes general manager Ron Francis said Friday that he has had conversations with McPhee, although noting, "Probably not as much as other teams have had".

No trade with Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee is in place to save one of their exposed players, nor is any trade imminent for one of those exposed players, notably goalie Antti Raatna.

The moves should add to the draft pick and prospect stockpile for the Golden Knights, who already have the No. 6 overall pick in this year's entry draft.

Those deals won't be formally revealed until Wednesday.

It's expected some teams will make deals with Vegas to not select a certain player on their roster. The Islanders were the only team to protect five defensemen, and they might still lose blue-liner Calvin de Haan. Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion hoped Dion Phaneuf would waive his no-movement clause and risk exposure because his age (32) and contract - four more years with a $7 million annual cap hit - likely wouldn't appeal to Vegas.

"It had all the feelings of a trade deadline, but there was conditions", Flames GM Brad Treliving said by phone. The teams submitted their lists to the National Hockey League this weekend and those lists were made available to the public on Sunday.

McPhee wasn't prepared to discuss individual players when specifically asked about Fleury, but noted there were no surprises based on the numerous mock drafts the Golden Knights conducted over the past few months. Even if the Golden Knights don't sign any unrestricted free agents by Wednesday night, this serves as a sort of first negotiating advantage for them before the first day of free agency on July 1.

Though trade and waiver activity will be frozen at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Knights will still be free to execute trades and perhaps come to agreements with rival clubs on who might be selected. Panik set career highs in goals (22), assists (22) and points (44) last season.



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