Sports Vegas holds trade cards during expansion draft window

16:06  19 june  2017
16:06  19 june  2017 Source:   Sportsnet

Best NHL expansion team ever?: Vegas might have the cards

  Best NHL expansion team ever?: Vegas might have the cards LAS VEGAS - Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley has repeatedly said he wants to win the Stanley Cup within the first six years of his new team's existence. After Vegas came away with a jackpot from the expansion draft, Foley's franchise goalie is even bolder. "Let's do it earlier," Marc-Andre Fleury said Thursday. "Why wait six years? I don't know where I'll be in six years. Right away our goal has to be to get good, to improve and to go out there." After Vegas came away with a jackpot from the expansion draft, Foley's franchise goalie is even bolder.

The Vegas Golden Knights GM might as well be The Godfather of the NHL during this three-day expansion draft window . He holds the cards for a significant chunk of the league's talent, fielding calls from colleagues willing to trade something to keep McPhee from plucking certain players from

George McPhee wants his fellow general managers to make him an offer he can't refuse. The Vegas Golden Knights GM might as well be The Godfather of the NHL during this three-day expansion draft window .

George McPhee wants his fellow general managers to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

The Vegas Golden Knights GM might as well be The Godfather of the NHL during this three-day expansion draft window. He holds the cards for a significant chunk of the league’s talent, fielding calls from colleagues willing to trade something to keep McPhee from plucking certain players from their rosters, or to take someone from another team to flip in a deal.

All trade roads run through Vegas. And every move has its price.

"Whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club," McPhee told reporters in Las Vegas on Sunday. "Then we’re going to go to that club and say: ‘We have interest in this player, there’s another club that has interest in this player. How do we want to do this? How can we protect your roster? You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish."’

Report: Islanders have deal in place with Vegas; first-round pick involved

  Report: Islanders have deal in place with Vegas; first-round pick involved The New York Islanders have a deal in place to send their first-round draft pick to the Vegas Golden Knights, according to a report from Arthur Staple of Newsday. The deal would push Vegas towards selecting a specific player from the Islanders’ unprotected list — believed to be winger Nikolay Kulemin. The 30-year-old had 12 goals and 11 assists in 72 games last season for New York.Multiple sources also told Newsday that there may be another component to the deal that the Islanders would send to the Golden Knights.New York is due to pick 15th in the NHL Draft, which takes place Friday in Chicago.

George McPhee wants his fellow general managers to make him an offer he can't refuse. The Vegas Golden Knights GM might as well be The Godfather of the NHL during this three-day expansion draft window . ''Whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club.

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer defends the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in New York. The Vegas Golden Knights GM might as well be The Godfather of the NHL during a three-day

He emphasized that each team will be contacted and given the opportunity to have a say in protecting its roster.

Beyond building likely the most competitive expansion team in NHL history, McPhee has the golden opportunity to play some desperate teams against each other and build up a collection of draft picks and other assets. Vegas must pick one player from each of the existing 30 teams, but there’s only so much room on the roster next season even with some minor league prospects thrown in.

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