NHL Rumors: Knights, Coyotes, Senators, Rangers, Sabres, Panthers and Sharks

NHL Rumors: Knights, Coyotes, Senators, Rangers, Sabres, Panthers and Sharks

San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will a free agent after next season, but he hopes to remain with the Sharks
On the Vegas Golden Knights, Los Angeles Kings, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks …

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: The Vegas Golden Knights will now have 72 hours with teams protected lists instead of the original 48. GM George McPhee has let teams known that it’s an auction for any players that are left unprotected.

Arizona Coyotes 2016 1st round draft pick Clayton Keller will likely be leaving Boston College after their season to go pro.

If the Ottawa Senators sign any college free agents, look for them to be checking out goaltenders.

The New York Rangers are the favorites to land KHL defenseman Alexei Bereglazov. He’s a 22-year old left handed defenseman.

KHL defenseman Viktor Antipin is expected to sign with the Buffalo Sabres. The Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins were also interested in the 24-year old Antipin.

The Florida Panthers should consider shutting Aaron Ekblad down for the season. He’s out with a concussion (seven to days) and left the World Cup early back in September due to whiplash.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic will be a free agent at the end of next season.

“I love it here. I’m not really a guy who wants to play for three or four teams. I like the city, I like the organization, we’re always competitive. What’s not to like? I want to play my whole career in San Jose.”

On the San Jose Sharks …

Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s five-year, $21.25 million deal will expire after next season and he hopes to get extension in place before he becomes a UFA. Vlasic on Tuesday.

“If it works out, that would be great. It’s a priority,” Vlasic said.

’ll have been here for 12 years, so I guess I do like it here if I’m here for 12 years,” he said.

Vlasic is one of the better shutdown defensemen in the league and is valuable to the Sharks. On if he could see a Brent Burns-like (eight-years, $64 million) long-term contract for himself.

“Hopefully. Every individual player’s contract is different from one guy to another,” he said. “So, hopefully I can…I’d like to sign here long term, yeah.”