Golden Knights should stock up on goaltenders

Nolan Patrick

Nolan Patrick

But we can dream.

Wednesday, June 21: During NHL Awards show in Las Vegas, the league will announce the Golden Knights' Expansion Draft selections.

Fill out as the forms for as many teams as you like. Today we will cover the key dates and the rules.

"It's been incredible the excitement surrounding our franchise, surrounding expansion and that's only building up here as we move closer to the day (expansion draft)". Adding a 31st team to the National Hockey League has added a wrinkle to team planning, with some looking to unload potential building-block players to avoid losing them for nothing. Thursday is the deadline for teams to ask players to waive NMCs so they can be bought out, in conjunction with the first buyout period opening. Because they would lose flexibility in protecting specific positions.

The entire National Hockey League is going to have to react to what Vegas does and to the salary cap, which could remain flat at this past season's $73 million or go up, perhaps to roughly $77 million, depending on whether players elect to use their escalator clause to increase it by up to 5 percent.

Choosing which players to protect is influenced by the rules the categories of players that must be exposed. With regards to where they will be play their home games - their home at Barclays Center is tenuous - and more so, with regards to their efforts to keep captain John Tavares, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-18 season.

The Vegas Golden Knights are giving season ticket holders an unbelievable preview of what they can expect this fall.

All teams must exposes at least one goaltender who is under contract for 2017-18, or who is a restricted free agent this summer.

Restricted and unrestricted free agents are eligible to be drafted by Las Vegas.

A franchise can't satisfy player exposure requirements with a player who has a potential career-ending injury and who has missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games.

The Golden Knights must operate within a few restrictions during the draft.

The Vegas Golden Knights will host a "Glass Seat Reveal" for prospective premium ticket members later Tuesday evening at T-Mobile Arena's Jack Daniel's Lounge. All reports indicate that Andreas Athamsiou and Darren Helms could find themselves left out of mix and exposed to Vegas for the taking, The Red Wings front office must decide if the roster has enough experienced players to guide the youngsters through next season.

The teams must leave unprotected at least two forwards, one defenceman and one goalie who is under contract for next season and who played at least 40 games this season or 70 games over the last two seasons. More on that in a bit. The final spot on the forward protected list could come down to two players - Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes.

All 30 existing rosters will freeze beginning at this time.

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