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Golden Knights seem to achieve twin objectives at Expansion Draft

Select players to be competitive right away, acquire draft picks to build contender

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- After the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday, thousands of fans flooded the floor of T-Mobile Arena for a round table of the Vegas Golden Knights. General manager George McPhee sat onstage and listed the great experiences of his hockey career.

"The Stanley Cup is going to be up there," he said.

Yeah, he said it. He used the "Stanley Cup" and "is" in the same sentence, as if a championship were destined. The fans cheered.

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David Poile still stung by Predators loss in Stanley Cup Final

GM of Year candidate looks to reset, help Nashville move forward next season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Ten days ago, David Poile walked onto the freight elevator at Bridgestone Arena. The general manager of the Nashville Predators stood silently on his descent to the bottom floor, with the Pittsburgh Penguins passing around the Stanley Cup on his home ice.

How much time has he spent reflecting on the Stanley Cup Final?

"Only," he said, drawing out the word, "24 hours a day."

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Golden Knights 'now part of the League' with uniform unveiled

Adidas jerseys of expansion franchise, other 30 NHL teams displayed in Las Vegas

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The cover came off, and there it was, the uniform of the Vegas Golden Knights.

Owner Bill Foley had seen it before. He had helped design it. But now it was center stage for all to see at Intrigue The Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday. Adidas, the new performance outfitter of the NHL, unveiled it along with redesigned uniforms for the League's other 30 teams.

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Predators, Golden Knights discussing trade ahead of Expansion Draft

Nashville GM David Poile says talks with Vegas' George McPhee are 'still ongoing'

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Nashville Predators general manager David Poile said he had spoken with Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee each day for the past week or so, trying to make a trade ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft.

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George McPhee thinks Golden Knights have 'pretty good team'

Vegas general manager happy with roster heading into NHL Expansion Draft

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- George McPhee doesn't want to ruin the surprise. The Vegas Golden Knights' first roster and flurry of trades will be unveiled during the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

But you can hear it in the voice of the Vegas general manager and see it in his smile. He's confident, excited, like he's got a secret he can't wait to share.

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Golden Knights have at least six trades set, GM says

George McPhee looking to wrap up discussions before submitting roster prior to NHL Expansion Draft

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee said he had at least six trades lined up before the NHL Expansion Draft and continued to talk to a few other GMs on Tuesday.

McPhee said Monday would be the last day he would discuss trades ahead of the expansion draft and the Golden Knights would pick their team Tuesday. They must submit their list by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday. It will be unveiled during the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

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Golden Knights in control ahead of NHL Expansion Draft

GM George McPhee has set his own trade deadline Monday, willing to listen to offers from each team

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- George McPhee is in control. The general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights has set his own trade deadline, telling his counterparts Monday is their last chance to negotiate before the NHL Expansion Draft.

That way they must make their best offers early. That way McPhee and his staff have time to analyze everything. That way they can pick their team on Tuesday and talk to the League Tuesday night, making sure they meet all the requirements and avoid a last-minute frenzy -- the kind of situation that could lead to mistakes and regrets.

"If everything's OK, I'll sleep on it and then just send it in Wednesday morning," McPhee said.

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Golden Knights set their own trade deadline

GM George McPhee will finish talks at end of day Monday, pick team Tuesday

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee has set his own NHL trade deadline: the end of the day Monday.

"Midnight Eastern Standard Time would be ideal, but we'll see," McPhee said Monday. "But we'll be done with discussions tonight."

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Phil Housley returns to roots as coach of Sabres

Wants to bring 'attacking mindset' to Buffalo, where he played his first eight NHL seasons

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Phil Housley has the wow factor.

They called him "Wowie" Housley when he went straight from high school to the Buffalo Sabres and piled up points as a teenaged defenseman. He played 21 seasons in the NHL and retired with more points (1,232) and games played (1,495) than anyone else born in the United States, and made the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Now he's back in Buffalo, back with the team that selected him No. 6 in the 1982 NHL Draft, back with the team for which he starred his first eight seasons, back where he belongs if you want to be romantic about it, as coach.

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Red Wings affiliate's championship offers hope for future

Detroit prospects showcased in Grand Rapids' Calder Cup triumph

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

The Detroit Red Wings missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 26 seasons, but the organization still won a championship, a positive step for the future.

Grand Rapids, the Red Wings affiliate in the American Hockey League, won the Calder Cup for the second time in five years by defeating Syracuse on Tuesday. There were Red Wings jerseys in the sellout crowd of 10,834 at Van Andel Arena. There were octopuses on the ice.

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