No surprises to Bruins Expansion Draft list
The Vegas Golden Knights are a step closer from revealing their roster for their inaugural season. They now know the list of players to choose from.
As part of the Expansion Draft process, the 30 other National Hockey League squads revealed their list of protected and available players for Vegas to choose from on Father’s Day morning.
To no surprise, GM Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins went with the 7-3-1 format in their protection list. Their list of protected players also came to no surprise.
Joining the five Bruins with NMC’s that were revealed earlier in the week (Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, David Backes and David Pastrnak) are Tuukka Rask, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, David Pastrnak, Riley Nash and Ryan Spooner.
With Kevan Miller playing his way to a protected spot during the postseason, Colin Miller and Adam McQuaid were left unprotected. Those are the two likely candidates to be taken by Vegas during the Expansion Draft on Wednesday. The league will reveal the Golden Knights squad as part of their annual NHL Awards ceremony taking place for the first time at the state of the art T-Mobile Arena.
Other notable Bruins left unprotected include Anton Khudobin, Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, and the UFA duo of Dominic Moore and Drew Stafford, just to name a few.
Here is the list of the Bruins players both protected and unprotected for Wednesday’s Expansion Draft.
Protected: Backes, Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Nash, Pastrnak, Spooner, Chara, Krug, Kevan Miller, Rask
Unprotected: Beleskey, Brian Ferlin, Hayes, Alex Khoklachev, Moore, Tyler Randell, Zac Rinaldo, Tim Schaller, Stafford, Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Alex Grant, John-Michael Liles, McQuaid, Colin Miller, Joe Morrow, Khudobin, Malcolm Subban
Starting Sunday, Vegas GM George McPhee can negotiate with any unprotected free agent – both UFAs and RFAs. The Golden Knights’ window of free agent negotiations will close on Wednesday morning.
If Vegas takes a pending free agent – say, Moore or Stafford – the transaction will count towards their roster selection. In other words, they can’t take a pending free agent and select another unprotected player from the list of available players.
A trade freeze was put in place on Saturday as part of the Expansion Draft process. That trade freeze will be lifted following Wednesday’s unveiling of the first Golden Knights roster.