Three of the four New Hampshire NHL players will be made available: Merrimack's Tim Schaller of the Boston Bruins, Derry's Paul Thompson of the Florida Panthers and Orford's Ben Lovejoy of the New Jersey Devils.
"I'm really pleased with what's available", McPhee said.
Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal expects the Golden Knights to tread delicately in free agency.
"We have things lined up", McPhee said.
A couple shockers from this list are, Marcus Kruger and Ville Pokka.
For the Penguins, Fleury has held the keys to the expansion draft protection process all along.
The Vegas Golden Knights will then be revealed on Wednesday night during the NHL Awards.
Some players left unprotected, such as Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan, carry hefty contracts, which Vegas might shy away from so not to restrict the team's payroll structure under the salary cap.
But since teams weren't able to protect everyone they would like, Vegas is going to use that against them and try to swing deals to selecting specific players.
The Knights acknowledged as much when they released the following press release late Saturday.
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The Winnipeg Jets solved an expansion issue even as they didn't make a trade as Toby Enstrom agreed to waive his no-movement clause before the deadline Friday, allowing them to protect their other three top defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers. Reports indicate several teams are willing to ship McPhee a high draft pick or top prospect if he'll bypass certain available players He could also balk at taking on veterans with expensive long-term contracts, such as Ryan and Luongo.
Yesterday was the deadline for all National Hockey League teams to submit their lists of players that they want to be protected in the expansion draft. Vegas' may take on injured David Clarkson ($5.25 million salary cap hit) as part of the deal.
While talking to teams, McPhee said the Knights have also been in discussions with individual unrestricted and restricted free agents. They're going to lose a significant forward in the draft, one way or another. But most of all, with the skating game so important I wanted players with speed. People have identified people on other clubs that they'd like to have. "Our response is we are either going to claim that player and keep him, or the value you give to us has to be better than what we would have gotten". How can we protect your roster?
"You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish", McPhee said, via the AP's Stephen Whyno.
He emphasized that each team will be contacted and given the opportunity to have a say in protecting its roster.
The NHL salary cap has been set at $75 million for this season in a slight increase over past year. And as most expansion teams have proved over the years, those guys usually end up showing everyone was actually right about them.
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.
$5.8 million. At 32, adds personality, credibility to fledgling franchise. He's been linked to Vegas for a long time but there are no guarantees he'll be taken.
Overall, if you're a Blackhawks fan, there's no need to stress. On the final year of his deal with a digestible $5 million United States cap hit, an established 20-plus goal scorer like Neal, 29, would fit the bill.