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Fleury, Neal, Methot Give Vegas Golden Knights Solid Start

Jun 22, 2017 1:26 AM

On Wednesday night, in front of a packed house at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Vegas Golden Knights unveiled what the majority of their roster will look like in 2017-18.

It is reasonable to assume that Marc-Andre Fleury will be their No. 1 goalie, James Neal will be their top-line right winger, and barring a trade, Marc Methot will be on their top defensive pair.

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GM McPhee: Vegas Making Moves Before Expansion Draft

Jun 20, 2017 4:18 PM

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee said the team has made "at least" a half a dozen transactions before the NHL Expansion Draft and will likely make more deals before submitting their final list to the league Wednesday morning.

"We've tried to talk to every club before we make a selection," McPhee said. "Different things result from that. I haven't been able to keep track of that but we'll tally it all up at the end and you guys can tell us how we did."

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Fleury, Neal, Vatanen Among Players Made Available To Vegas

Jun 18, 2017 1:42 PM

Three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Nashville Predators forward James Neal and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen are among the high-profile players available for the Vegas Golden Knights to select in the NHL expansion draft.

Now it's on Golden Knights general manager George McPhee to spend the next three days poring over the list of available players as the team selects one from each of the NHL's 30 teams.

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Coyotes Acquire Nick Cousins From Flyers For 2018 Pick

Jun 17, 2017 12:34 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired forward Nick Cousins from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Philadelphia got a 2018 fifth-round pick and the rights to unsigned forward prospect Brendan Warren, also sending unsigned goaltending prospect Merrick Madsen to Arizona. The teams announced the deal Friday night in advance of the trade freeze that begins Saturday afternoon before the Vegas expansion draft.

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Lightning Trade Jonathan Drouin To Habs For Mikhail Sergachev

Jun 16, 2017 1:23 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning got the young defenseman they have been looking for, acquiring Mikhail Sergachev from the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in exchange for highly skilled forward Jonathan Drouin.

The teams announced the deal about 48 hours before the NHL's trade freeze prior to the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft. According to TSN, the Canadiens also have agreed with Drouin on the terms of a six-year contract extension through 2023 worth $33 million.

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Senators Ask Dion Phaneuf To Waive No-Movement Clause

Jun 13, 2017 1:19 AM

Maneuvering ahead of the June 21 expansion draft, the Ottawa Senators have asked defenseman Dion Phaneuf to waive his no-movement clause, according to TSN.

The Senators will no doubt protect franchise defenseman Erik Karlsson,

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Marc-Andre Fleury Waives No-Movement Clause

Jun 13, 2017 1:15 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has waived his no-movement clause for the expansion draft, according to multiple reports.

Every team has to expose one goalie to the Vegas Golden Knights, so now the Penguins can protect 23-year-old Matt Murray.

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Vegas Golden Knights Open To Deals Before Expansion Draft

Apr 27, 2017 7:58 PM

GM George McPhee says the Vegas Golden Knights are open for business to any teams seeking to protect their players in the upcoming NHL expansion draft.

McPhee told The Associated Press he already had preliminary discussions with most teams over what trades could be made before the draft is held in Las Vegas on June 21, two days before the traditional draft. Without going into much detail, McPhee said talks have focused on which players teams would prefer the Golden Knights either select or don't.

In exchange, McPhee is open to acquiring draft picks to begin stockpiling for depth. The team opens its first season in October.

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Bettman: Hurricanes 'Not Moving'

Jan 30, 2017 1:01 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says Carolina Hurricanes fans shouldn't worry about losing their team to Quebec City.

Bettman swiftly knocked down speculation about a possible relocation of the Hurricanes on Saturday during All-Star Weekend, saying the league is committed to keeping the team in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"The club is not moving," Bettman said.

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Canadiens Sign Montoya To Extension

Jan 3, 2017 1:57 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have signed backup goalie Al Montoya to a two-year extension, the team announced Monday.

The deal is worth an average of $1.0625 million per season, a source told ESPN.com.

By extending Montoya, who would have been an unrestricted free agent July 1, the Canadiens now have a goalie they can expose in the June expansion draft.

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Vegas Owner Defends Use Of 'Golden Knights'
Bill Foley says the naming of his team does not cross any lines with the U.S. Army.

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Las Vegas Expansion Team Named 'Vegas Golden Knights'
The Vegas Golden Knights will play in the T-Mobile Arena, just off the Las Vegas Strip.

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QB Russell Wilson Joins Seattle Investment Group
An investment group led by Chris Hansen is working on building an NBA/NHL arena in Seattle's SODO neighborhood.

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Las Vegas Team Will Unveil Name, Logo On November 22
Team owner Bill Foley has said the NHL expansion team would be called "something Knights."

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New Las Vegas Team Having Trademark Issues
Las Vegas franchise owner Bill Foley has expressed an affinity for the name "Black Knights."

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George McPhee To Be Named First GM For Las Vegas Franchise
The Las Vegas team was awarded the NHL's 31st franchise in June.

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Las Vegas Is The Choice For NHL Expansion
The NHL's board of governors will hold a formal vote on June 22.

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Bettman: No Timetable On NHL Expansion
Commissioner Gary Bettman said no decision has been made on whether to add one, two or no teams.

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Bettman: No NHL Expansion Vote
The cities of Las Vegas and Seattle are the front-runners to land a NHL expansion franchise.

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Bettman: No Expansion In The Plans
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is pleased with the current health of the league.

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Bettman: NHL To Consider More European Games
The NHL is considering a dozen European cities as potential hosts for regular season games.

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