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Expansion Draft Buzz: Big day finally here for Golden Knights

Vegas will unveil inaugural roster Wednesday

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Expansion Draft Buzz. On Wednesday, the Vegas Golden Knights will reveal the players they have chosen from the other 30 NHL teams in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

NOTE: The expansion draft trade/waiver freeze for all NHL teams (excluding the Golden Knights) began Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

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

4:30 p.m.

Jean-Francois Berube part of deal between Islanders, Golden Knights: report

New York Islanders goaltender Jean-Francois Berube could be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft, TSN reported Wednesday.

As part of a reported larger deal, Vegas would acquire forward Mikhail Grabovski and the Islanders' first-round pick (No. 15) in the upcoming draft in exchange for selecting Berube.

Berube, 25, played 14 games for the Islanders this season and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. New York carried three goalies -- Berube, Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak -- for much of the season. The Islanders protected Greiss in the expansion draft.

4:15 p.m.

Golden Knights targeting Alexei Emelin: report

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is being targeted by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft, TSN reported Wednesday.

Emelin, 31, has one year remaining on his contract at $4.1 million, according to He could become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2018.

The Canadiens protected defensemen Shea Weber, Jeff Petry and Jordie Benn from the Golden Knights.


11:30 a.m.

Erik Haula to sign with Golden Knights: report

Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula is expected to sign a multiyear contract with the Vegas Golden Knights, The Star Tribune reported Wednesday.

Haula, 26, could have become a restricted free agent July 1 and would become the Golden Knights' selection from the Wild in the NHL Expansion Draft. Minnesota reportedly has agreed to trade forward prospect Alex Tuch and a conditional future draft pick to Vegas.

With these reported transactions, Vegas would not select one of Minnesota's top exposed players, including defenseman Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella and center Eric Staal.

Tuch, 21, has two years remaining on his entry-level contract with an average annual value of $925,000, according to He was exempt from the expansion draft.

Staal has a modified no-trade clause but was exposed to the Golden Knights; he has two years remaining on his contract with an average annual value of $3.5 million. Joining him on the Wild's unprotected list were Dumba, who has one year remaining with an average annual value of $2.55 million, and Scandella, who has three years remaining with an average annual value of $4 million. 

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