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Golden Knights discussing trades before Expansion Draft: report

GM George McPhee says he's spoken to most teams, is open to acquiring picks @NHLdotcom

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee told The Associated Press he's spoken with most NHL teams about trades that could be made prior to the NHL Expansion Draft in June.

McPhee said discussions have focused on players teams would prefer the Golden Knights either select or don't and that he is open to acquiring NHL Draft picks.

"If they want to give us draft picks to encourage us to take a certain player or leave another player alone, we're open-minded and we're going to listen to everyone," McPhee told the AP in remarks published Thursday. "You usually build your team, historically, through the entry draft, so we'd certainly be interested in acquiring picks."

Vegas will begin play in the NHL next season.

McPhee said he held productive talks with former Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray prior to Murray being fired April 20 and expects to resume talks with the Sabres when they hire a GM.

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For the Expansion Draft, teams must protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender; or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender.

Any player with a no-movement clause in his contract at the time of the Expansion Draft must be protected unless he waives it. All first- and second-year professional players, and unsigned draft choices, are exempt from selection by Vegas and do not have to be protected.

Vegas must select one player from each team to fill a roster of at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies, with a minimum of 20 players under contract for the 2017-18 season.

Teams must submit their list of protected players by June 17. The selections will be announced during the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on June 21 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

The 2017 NHL Draft will be held at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24. The Golden Knights will learn where they'll pick in the first round when the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery takes place in Toronto on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVA Sports). 

The Golden Knights will be guaranteed no lower than the No. 6 selection in the first round.

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