Summerlin–Today after the Vegas Golden Knights were given the huge laundry list of players from the rest of member teams of the league, General Manager George McPhee provided both local and national media outlets with his update on the Expansion Draft Process.
He went right into his update by providing members of the media of what has been going on over the last 24 hours in terms of having those ongoing discussions with the other clubs.
“How they can protect their rosters if they want to do that.” Says McPhee
McPhee also made mention of that he controls the schedule in regards today being the last day that those clubs can have those last minute discussions with him.
“Today will be the last day that we are going to have those discussions, that we are going to pick our team tomorrow.” McPhee said.
He also clearly reiterated that today is the drop-dead date for remaining discussions with his counterparts.
George also went on to say that he wants to have a discussion with the league by tomorrow night to give them somewhat of a snapshot preview of what of who they are selecting.
“What our team is going to look like, make sure that meet all of the requirements. McPhee added.
“If everything is okay we’ll sleep on it and send it in.” McPhee continued.
The big day is coming quickly for the Vegas Golden Knights come Wednesday when they announce to the whole hockey world who they are picking to become the newest members of the family.
In regards to trade’s, McPhee provided members of the media an update on where the team is at with that subject matter in terms deals being done, signed, and sealed.
“Nope, we have things lined up, but nothing is final.” McPhee replied.
Another topic that was also talked about in today’s update was to the available free agents from around the league.
“We’ve had a lot of discussions with free agents, have a lot of agents call, healthy discussions and at this point, I don’t know what direction things will go with respect to free agents.” McPhee mentions.
“But we are having a lot of dialogue with them.” Added McPhee
When yesterday’s list came out there were a good number of notable free agents that were left exposed, to name of few of was TJ Oshie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Patrick Sharp, Alexander Radulov, Mike Fisher, and Deryk Engelland.
In terms of player availability after the expansion draft, McPhee projected that it could go as high as 4 players to for Golden Knights fans to see in person at T-Mobile Arena.
He also talked about the progress to the lead up to the NHL Entry Draft that will be taking place at the end of the week in Chicago.
“No, we have another office going on in there preparing for the Entry Draft.” McPhee
The Engineer has been splitting his time in both camps as this week is huge for the young franchise.
“At the end of the day when everyone is tuckered out, we go in and deal with the amateur staff.” McPhee continued.
McPhee will be spending the rest of the day working on both parts of this week main events.
More reaction from today’s update will be added in later. Stay tuned…