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Report: Philipp Grubauer, Nate Schmidt left exposed by Caps in expansion draft

Report: Philipp Grubauer, Nate Schmidt left exposed by Caps in expansion draft

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.

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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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Maples Leafs interested in trading for former Capital Nate Schmidt, per new report

Maples Leafs interested in trading for former Capital Nate Schmidt, per new report

Nate Schmidt, freshly claimed by the Las Vegas Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft, is now drawing interest from the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to a report from TVA's Louis Jean. 

Given the wheeling and dealing around the expansion draft, it's certainly possible the Knights chose Schmidt with plans of sending him to Toronto all along. 

But the eyebrow-raising part of this report is the supposed asking price – a second-round pick. The Capitals almost certainly could have negotiated a better deal with Las Vegas to keep Schmidt. 

George McPhee, general manager of the Knights, signed Schmidt as an undrafted free agent in his previous role as Caps GM. 

McPhee was quoted before the expansion draft as saying other teams could negotiate to hold onto their players. And Schmidt's potential to be a top-four defenseman as soon as next year should have incentivized Washington to do whatever it took to secure his future in D.C. 

So either this report is questionable or the Capitals weren't willing to give up more than Toronto (a second-round pick) to keep Schmidt. 

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast - Say it ain't so!

Capitals Faceoff Podcast - Say it ain't so!

JJ Regan and Jill Sorenson react to Nate Schmidt getting claimed by Vegas and talk about what that means for the Caps' plans this offseason. Plus, Tarik El-Bashir calls in from Chicago to get his reaction from the team and talk about what their plan is for the upcoming entry draft.

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