8 players the Devils could lose to Las Vegas in Expansion Draft

The Predators elected to protect a fourth defenseman that exposed Neal, a nine-time 20-goal-scorer, including 23 this past season. Anaheim wants to keep defensemen Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson, Columbus wants to keep goalie Joonas Korpisalo, forward Josh Anderson, and defenseman Jack Johnson, and NY wants to keep forwards Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas. The fifth-year player, however, won't be ready for the start of the season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury.

In Buffalo, he will be given the opportunity to play a top-four role on a team retooling its defense under Housley, who was hired on Thursday. Other notable Nashville players unprotected were forwards Pontus Aberg and Colton Sissons. Aside from Fleury, other goalies available are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth.

By some estimates, Vegas may already have up to eight trades in place with teams prepared to pay a price to the Golden Knights to keep their hands off their unprotected players.

When it constructed rules for the upcoming expansion draft, the National Hockey League tried to ensure at least one thing: that the Vegas Golden Knights weren't immediately bad.

It will definitely be interesting to see how much teams give up so Vegas lays off certain players.

Need a goalie? McPhee might be able to help.

Those deals won't be formally revealed until Wednesday.

It's believed that Vegas already has many pre-arranged trades in place, some that will happen and others that might not.

The Canes protected goalie Scott Darling, forwards Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Teuvo Teravainen, Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe; and defensemen Justin Faulk, Ryan Murphy and Trevor Carrick. "Is the player under contract?" Dion Phaneuf refusing to waive his no-movement clause forced Ottawa to protect him and expose 31-year-old Marc Methot. The 34 year old forward is no stranger to a new team, his contract is affordable, and has proven he can still but up decent numbers.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong did not comment on the protection list Sunday. Sure, he could sign a free agent July 1, or he could take advantage of this rare circumstance.

The last week of June is normally busy for National Hockey League general managers.

Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly. That's a quality forward available for the Golden Knights if they would like to go down that route. More than 30 people managed to escape though at least two people were killed, authorities said.

The league began conducting the draft Sunday.

“Everybodys going to have conversations, ” Brad Treliving of the Calgary Flames said. "One of the reasons we want to finish the dialogue today and pick the team tomorrow is because it will take us awhile to pick the team". "Now that we're here at the finish line, we can look back and say we're glad that we did". "Having the ability to have a spot to protect someone, if all the other boxes were checked, there certainly was an advantage".

Based on previous mock drafts, McPhee doesn't expect the Golden Knights to have any difficulty getting to the NHL's minimum payroll of 60 percent of the $75 million salary cap.

The Devils chose the 4-4-1 alignment, protecting forwards Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri, and Travis Zajac, plus defensemen Andy Greene, John Moore, Mirco Mueller (acquired in a trade with San Jose over the weekend), and Damon Severson.

Some might argue that Marco Scandella, also available, may even be more desirable than Dumba. That puts those teams and the Anaheim Ducks in position to work out a deal with Vegas, which could prove costly.

Now that teams are aware of the $2 million bump, it could effect what deals they end up making with Vegas - or anyone else. The Knights have until 7 a.m. Wednesday to turn in their roster.

Vanessa Coleman