The Vegas Golden Knights are the league's first expansion franchise in almost two decades, and they will begin play in 2017-18 after selecting at least one player from each of the other 30 teams in the NHL.
McPhee was excited to discover the cache of quality players to choose from. Golden Knights GM George McPhee sounds excited about the situation, and you can see why given all the picks he's going to accumulate for this young franchise.
The ice is down and scoreboard lit up as the Vegas Golden Knights host a Glass Seat Reveal for prospective premium ticket members at the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. "We're really well-prepared for it, and as you know, we've had an entire year to prepare for both of these drafts, and we are prepared and organized and that's why I feel a little more relaxed up here than I anticipated I would be at this time".
"What it does is, some of the things we were anxious about with no-move clauses and that sort of thing didn't happen and I think the harvest of assets that we are going to have now will be what we were hoping for". And that's why the Golden Knights are going to be hitting the ground running once they pick their team and make all their side deals on Wednesday afternoon. He received the lists of available and protected players at 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday and has until 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday to submit his selections.
The Knights acknowledged as much when they released the following press release late Saturday.
Florida also left Reilly Smith exposed to Vegas after an uneven season in which he ended with 15 goals.
The NHL announced on Sunday the available and protected lists for the 30 teams who will provide players to the Golden Knights.
The Chicago Blackhawks will be losing a player within the next couple days as the Vegas Golden Knights have until Wednesday morning to make their picks for the expansion draft. His salary for 2017-18 would be $5 million. Among the standouts are Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie and defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk, Canadiens right wing Alex Radulov and aging San Jose Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau and 45-year-old Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr Should they test the market, all could be signing with new clubs before the Canada Day fireworks head skyward that evening. Along with that possibility, it's important to note that this team is still limited to plucking one player from each roster, although there are hypothetical scenarios where they might yield creative combinations via trades. That could handcuff them going ahead, but Ryan is a very talented offensive forward who would get the fans excited in Las Vegas. Presumably, it's another pick or prospect.
"There have been a lot of inquiries about players on other teams", McPhee said. That said, what we learned from McPhee is that his intention is to build the Golden Knights through the NHL Entry Draft and over the next four-to-five years. People have identified people on other clubs that they'd like to have. "We have to establish value for that, and whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club". "We were expecting this mass redistribution of players that really didn't happen, which we were really happy about".
McPhee seems ready to let the games - and negotiations - begin. "When we call general managers back, we're basically saying, 'Do you want to hear what's going on with your team, or are you just content to sit and we're going to do what we want to do?' majority want to talk about it, and then we tell them exactly what's going on and if they want to do something about it or not".
With next season's salary cap rising $2 million to $75 million next season, as the National Hockey League and NHLPA confirmed Sunday, teams will be knocking down McPhee's door to acquire Marchessault's level of production at that price. "But we are having a lot of dialogue with them". His $5.75 million deal runs through 2019. He's also prone to missing long stretches of time with injuries. He's a long-term foundation piece. Signed for another season ($2.55 Million), a right-hand shot and under control for another three years.
The Golden Knight might not be done dealing yet either. And while a deal might be in place that deters the Knights from taking the likes of Strome or Nelson, leaving DeHaan exposed while protecting unproven Adam Pelech is a head scratcher. This year's crop of free agents is short on big-name talent.
At 32, he could be the ideal captain for a young team like this. Grabovski, 33, sat out the entire 2016-17 season with concussion issues. And a change of scenery - and opportunity - might be the best thing for the career of Malcolm Subban (Bruins).
McPhee nearly seems like a shark smelling blood.