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Expansion Draft Buzz: Ducks have deal in place with Golden Knights

Anaheim would protect Kevin Bieksa, with Vegas passing on an unprotected player

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Expansion Draft Buzz. On June 21, the Vegas Golden Knights will reveal the players they have taken from the other 30 NHL teams in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile. But before that happens, a flurry of activity is expected to take place with the 30 other NHL teams each finalizing its protected list.

Here's a look around the League at the latest doings as the expansion draft approaches:

 
5:10 p.m.
Ducks have deal in place with Golden Knights

The Anaheim Ducks do not need defenseman Kevin Bieksa to waive his no-movement clause because they have a prearranged deal in place with the Vegas Golden Knights, TSN reported.

Anaheim would need to protect Bieksa, 35, in the expansion draft, or could buy out his contract. The deal in place with Vegas likely involves the Golden Knights passing on one of the Ducks' other top players, a group that likely includes forwards Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg and defenseman Josh Manson. Anaheim defensemen Shea Theodore and Brandon Montour are exempt from the expansion draft.

Bieksa has one year remaining on his contract.

 

4:22 p.m.
Yannick Weber signs with Predators

Defenseman Yannick Weber signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Weber, 28, could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but is still eligible to be exposed to the Golden Knights if the Predators choose to not protect him.

The Predators are projected to protect eight skaters and one goalie rather than seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie. Defensemen P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm are each under contract until at least 2018-19.

Weber appeared in all 22 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

11:46 a.m.
Blue Jackets did not ask Scott Hartnell to waive no-movement clause: report

The Columbus Blue Jackets did not ask forward Scott Hartnell to waive his no-movement clause for purposes of the NHL Expansion Draft, according to The Columbus Dispatch. 

The deadline for each team to request that a player waive his no-movement clause was Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Hartnell, 35, has two years remaining on his six-year contract.

The Blue Jackets will have to protect Hartnell from the Golden Knights because of his no-movement clause. Teams can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie.

 

11:25 a.m.
Marko Dano agrees to terms with Jets

Forward Marko Dano agreed to terms on a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. The 22-year-old completed his entry-level contract this season, and has played three NHL seasons with the Jets, Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Dano, who could have been a restricted free agent on July 1, is eligible to be exposed to the Golden Knights if the Jets choose to not protect him. The Jets can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie.

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