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Golden Knights will have talent to choose from, coach says

Gerard Gallant expects it to be better than in two-team 2000 expansion draft

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Coach Gerard Gallant expects the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to have a more competitive team than the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild had in their first NHL seasons because they were alternating picks in the 2000 expansion draft.

Gallant was an assistant coach with the Blue Jackets during their first NHL season in 2000-01, when they finished 13th in the Western Conference and fifth in the Central Division with 71 points (28-39-9-6).

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NHL to make Expansion Draft lists public

Protected, available players provided to Golden Knights likely released June 18

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The list of players protected and made available by each NHL team for the Expansion Draft that will help stock the Vegas Golden Knights will be released to the public, the League announced Wednesday.

The list is likely to be released on June 18 at the same time it is distributed to the teams, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. 

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Golden Knights say jerseys will be unveiled in June

Vegas 'put a lot of work into the design,' which will be revealed before Expansion Draft

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The Vegas Golden Knights plan to unveil their jerseys prior to the NHL Expansion Draft in June, general manager George McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Tuesday.

"We put a lot of work into the design, and I think you're going to like them," McPhee said during a question and answer session with season-ticket holders.

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Golden Knights sign Reid Duke as first player

Brandon forward 'thrilled' to get three-year, entry-level contract from Vegas

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Reid Duke has waited patiently for an opportunity to play in the NHL. After making history Monday, he now may have a chance to make that happen.

The Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play next season, made the right wing from Brandon of the Western Hockey League the first player in their history when they signed the 21-year-old to a three-year, entry-level contract.

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Unmasked

Golden Knights will have plenty of goalie options

Vegas will determine offseason market in NHL Expansion Draft

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Correspondent

The NHL Trade Deadline passed without a lot of goaltending movement, but one move on March 1 is bound to have a significant effect on the annual offseason game of goalie musical chairs.

The Vegas Golden Knights can now start building their team, and though they won't be allowed to make agreements to claim or not claim a player in the NHL Expansion Draft until the season is over for the team they are negotiating with, there is little doubt what Vegas decides will impact the goalie market.

So, with the caveat the expansion draft is a complicated matrix, let's take a look at some of the top options.

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Over The Boards

Mailbag: NHL Trade Deadline, Expansion Draft outlook

NHL.com's Dan Rosen answers weekly questions

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Here is the Feb. 22 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday through the course of the 2016-17 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

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Golden Knights to speak with Jack Capuano: report

50-year-old was fired as coach of Islanders on Jan. 17

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The Vegas Golden Knights have spoken with or are expected to speak with former New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday.

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Vegas All-Star Game among Commissioner's topics

Olympics, jersey ads, ice conditions also discussed by Gary Bettman at All-Star Weekend

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika and Dan Rosen @cotsonika @drosennhl / NHL.com Staff Writers

LOS ANGELES -- The NHL will hold an All-Star Game in Las Vegas sooner rather than later, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday.

Bettman said the NHL would hold an All-Star Game next season if it does not break for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. He declined to say where an All-Star Game might be but said the Vegas Golden Knights, who will join the League next season, would host one in the near future.

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Barry Trotz recalls process of naming Predators

Like Las Vegas, Nashville had big decision to make when it came to identity of expansion franchise

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. - Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz was at a team event Tuesday, so he did not watch the unveiling of the Las Vegas expansion team's name and logo.

But when Trotz got home, he saw on NHL Network that Las Vegas owner Bill Foley and his group decided to call their team the Vegas Golden Knights, with a logo of a knight's helmet featuring a V that represents the city. 

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