On the Vegas Golden Knights …
John Shannon: Vegas are now able to start trading as all the I’s are dotted and T’s crossed.
Nick Cotsonika: GM George McPhee can’t acquire players that in the pros, but he’s able to add draft picks and prospects for not taking players in the expansion draft.
Nick Cotsonika: McPhee can also agree to take a specific player off someone’s unprotected list for assets(s). Each team will lose one player in the expansion draft.
Craig Custance: It wouldn’t be a surprise if teams already have deals in place with Vegas to not take a specific player.
John Shannon: McPhee can also start signing College free agents, non-NHLers and European players when their season is over.
Cap Friendly: “An important reminder: Some teams might make a trade today simply to acquire a player who meets the min exposure reqs for Expansion. Teams who could potentially use another forward to expose in Expansion: Coyotes, Blackhawks, Stars, Oilers, Devils, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Canucks. Teams that could potentially use another d-man to expose in Expansion: Hurricanes and Panthers. No teams currently in need of a goalie to expose for Expansion.
On the Ottawa Senators …
Ken Warren: “A couple things to consider on possible Lazar trade front: 1/would they lose him to Vegas in expansion draft if they don’t trade him? 2/What is big difference between late first round pick and early second round pick?”
On the Philadelphia Flyers …
Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly: Flyers GM Ron Hextall could move one or more of his pending free agent defensemen – Mark Streit, Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz.
They have two pending goalies in Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth and could draw interest in a team looking for a back up.
Pierre LeBrun reported that the Flyers are looking to re-sign Neuvirth. A source saying that a deal hasn’t been reached yet.
The Colorado Avalanche have been scouting the Flyers a fair bit.