The selections will be announced Wednesday during the NHL Awards Show from Las Vegas.
For the Washington Capitals, there was no suspense on Sunday morning, as The Post reported their protection list on Saturday afternoon. Housley spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach in Nashville, where the Hall-of-Famer was credited for overseeing the Predators’ speedy and play-making defensive unit which included P.K. Subban and Roman Josi.
Defensemen: Victor Bartley, Matt Dumba, Christian Folin, Guillaume Gelinas, Alexander Gudbranson, Gustav Olofsson, Nate Prosser, Marco Scandella, Mike Weber.
The Islanders were the only team that protected five defensemen: Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech, leaving forwards Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome and defensemen Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey available. Lindberg and Fast, both 25-year-old Swedes, are restricted free agents and hold arbitration rights. Petr Mrazek (Red Wings) had an off year but is still just 25. Vancouver’s 2012 first-round pick, Brendan Gaunce, was exposed.
Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, who was signed to a one-year, $850,000 contract after the season, could be the D-man exposed. For example – and this is only an example – if the Sharks would like the Golden Knights to select Mikkel Boedker and his hefty contract, rather than someone else from their roster, they could sweeten the pot by offering further assets like a draft pick or a prospect. Jordan Eberle finished easily inside the top seven at forward yet also finished second among the players most likely to be take by Vegas.
The NHL is set to have their first expansion draft in 17 years Wednesday night as the Las Vegas Golden Knights get ready for their first season by selecting 30 players.
One option might be for general manager Ron Francis to work a deal with the Knights’ McPhee for Vegas to take one of the Canes goalies – probably Lack – in exchange for, say, a draft pick.
The Vegas Golden Knights have said they want to build around youth, so they’re using the upcoming expansion draft as a chance to load up on draft picks. The Sharks, like every other National Hockey League team, must submit their list of protected players before Saturday’s 2 p.m. deadline.
David Krejci: Another no-movement clause protected talent, the Bruins did not ask Krejci to consider waiving his NMC for the Golden Knights, which makes sense, as it would be stupid to lose this player for nothing. They chose to also protect Hartman, Jurco and Panik. If they have any intention of competing next season – and they do – they’ll need a puck-mover on the back end. Offense will likely be in short supply in Sin City, but the Expansion Draft will give Vegas a deep defense and very solid goaltending. He’s also your expected replacement for Dominic Moore should he leave via free agency come July.
Riley Nash: Maybe not the name you expected to see this time a year ago, but Nash is an incredibly affordable bottom-six piece and with the ability to play both center and the wing, there’s no sense in the Bruins leaving him exposed for the Golden Knights.