The deadline for teams to submit their list protected players from the expansion draft to the NHL has now come and gone and the Washington Capitals did not have any last minute surprises.
Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reported out Washington's protected list.
Can confirm that this is indeed what the Caps submitted at 5 p.m. https://t.co/F5agXQIJWt— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 17, 2017
Tweeted this before, but expect this to be the Caps' protected list: pic.twitter.com/nYS5QbmIxN— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 17, 2017
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The list is what was widely expected from the Caps. The addition of forward Tyler Graovac on Wednesday answered the question of which forwards with term left on their contract would be left exposed as required by the NHL. Now the focus turns to who Vegas may take.
Here are the players Washington has left exposed for the Golden Knights:
F Jay Beagle
F Justin Williams (UFA)
F Brett Connolly (RFA)
F Daniel Winnik (UFA)
F T.J. Oshie (UFA)
F Tyler Graovac
D Brooks Orpik
D Taylor Chorney
D Karl Alzner (UFA)
D Kevin Shattenkirk (UFA)
D Nate Schmidt (RFA)
G Philipp Grubauer (RFA)
One of these players will be headed to Vegas. The most likely candidates appear to be either Grubauer or Schmidt, but Caps' general manager Brian MacLellan could opt to make a deal with the Golden Knights in order to dissuade them from one or both of those players. Vegas general manager George McPhee could also opt to pursue T.J. Oshie or Kevin Shattenkirk, two of the most highly coveted free agents on the market.
Free agency does not begin until July 1, but starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Vegas will have the unique opportunity of being able to talk to those free agents before any other team in the NHL can. Should either Oshie or Shattenkirk sign with Vegas within the expansion draft window, that player will count as the Golden Knight's selection from the Caps.
The NHL will make all of the protected lists public at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The expansion draft will be open until 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Vegas's 30 selections will be revealed during the NHL awards that night.
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