George McPhee might as well be The Godfather of the NHL during the Vegas Golden Knights’ three-day expansion draft window.
He holds the cards for a significant chunk of the league’s talent, fielding calls from fellow general managers willing to trade something to keep McPhee from plucking certain players from their rosters, or to take someone from another team to flip in a deal.
All trade roads run through Vegas. And every move has its price.
“Whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club,” McPhee said in Las Vegas on Sunday. “Then we’re going to go to that club and say: ‘We have interest in this player, there’s another club that has interest in this player. How do we want to do this? How can we protect your roster? You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish.'”
He emphasized that each team will be contacted and given the opportunity to have a say in protecting its roster.
Beyond building likely the most competitive expansion team in NHL history, McPhee has the golden opportunity to play some desperate teams against each other and build up a collection of draft picks and other assets. …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News