For months, George McPhee has been clear.
When it comes to the Expansion Draft, he will be taking calls from other teams. Not only in regards to who the Golden Knights may select or who other teams may like to protect, but also if another team has interest in any player left unprotected by another club.
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In short, if another NHL team covets a player left unprotected for the Golden Knights, McPhee may have interested in selecting that player and immediately trading him to the third club for a more substantial return.
Speaking with the media at the Golden Knights' headquarters after finally receiving other teams' protected lists on Sunday, McPhee said he begun fielding these calls from other clubs.
Video: George McPhee receiving other teams' protected lists
"It's already started to happen," McPhee said. "People have identified people on other clubs that they'd like to have and we have to establish the value for that and whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club.
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"So, that is starting to happen and then we're going to go to that club and say 'We have interest in this player. There's another club that has interest in this player. How do we want to do this? How can we protect your roster? You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish.'
"Every team in this league has a chance to protect their roster. We will not make a claim with any club before we talk to the club."
Video: George McPhee addresses the media