Among those who were protection-exempt included Robby Fabbri, Colton Parayko, Zach Sanford and Ivan Barbashev. New teams haven't been given opportunities to get quality players from other teams in the past.
Buffalo: Slim pickings for the Golden Knights off of the Sabres' roster, but Zach Bogosian's exposure is a sure sign that his time is nearly up in Buffalo.
Florida's James Reimer takes over for Roberto Luongo in the second period of a game in Philadelphia last March.
The unprotected list includes players eligible to become restricted or unrestricted free agents, which the Golden Knights have the option to sign over the next three days.
With that said, here's a self-induced Q & A as we move through the week. It's possible the Canes could offer McPhee a draft pick to select a goalie - perhaps Lack.
Golden Knights majority owner Bill Foley, left, and general manager George McPhee hope to be all smiles after submitting their 30-player roster to the National Hockey League on June 20. Should a team break the rules of the expansion draft, it could lose an extra player or a draft pick as a penalty. On their protection list, which was submitted to the league Saturday, Washington included forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nick Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Marcus Johansson, Lars Eller, Tom Wilson as well as defensemen John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Braden Holtby.
On the other hand, any player with a no-movement clause must be protected.
The Hawks would protect Jurco as their seventh forward because they want to shed the contract of Kruger, who carries an approximate $3.1 million cap hit the next two seasons.
The Ottawa Senators, who almost made it to the Cup Finals, reportedly have some problems regarding veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who won't waive his no-movement clause. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon released a statement that said in part: Out of respect for the process and our players, we will not be commenting on the makeup of our protected list until after the expansion process ends on Wednesday.
Should the Golden Knights go for a high-priced free agent-to-be?The selections will be announced Wednesday during the annual NHL Awards Show - in Las Vegas, no less.
Then comes the start of free agency, which opens on July 1.
The Golden Knights are owned by Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium led by Bill Foley, the team will be a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference starting in the 2017-18 season.
Among those left unprotected, and available to the Golden Knights in the draft, were goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack, forwards Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck.
Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights join the National Hockey League and the Pacific Division for the upcoming season.
That doesn't mean the other GMs can't talk.
This story has been corrected by removing Red Wings defenseman Mike Green from list of unprotected players.