It will last through Tuesday.
Yes, it is true that since the National Hockey League made a decision to expand from its original 21 teams to add nine more clubs between 1991 and 2000, two of those teams (Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks) have won Stanley Cups, and another four teams (Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks and most recently the Nashville Predators) have at least advanced to the final.
Key among those rumors and assumptions was that the Anaheim Ducks and Golden Knights have a deal in place that involves Sami Vatanen. If recent reports are accurate about the proposed deal with Columbus where the Blue Jackets would send their first-round pick (No. 24) as compensation for the Knights not selecting certain players and taking on the injured David Clarkson's salary ($5.25 million), McPhee could be sitting flush in Chicago for the entry draft this weekend.
"We really like what we're looking at right now", McPhee said Sunday, per TSN.
With all the wheeling and dealing McPhee will be doing this week, it might be smart for Vegas Golden Knights fans to wait a few weeks before purchasing a jersey of their favorite new player. At the end of the draft the Golden Knights' roster must consist of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies.
Vegas could easily get its franchise goaltender in Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury, a top-line scoring winger with 10 20-goal seasons in Nashville's James Neal and a top-pairing defenseman in Ottawa's Marc Methot while also picking up some potentially high draft picks for staying away from young talent from Anaheim, Columbus and the New York Islanders. If you really want to keep a good, unprotected player, it'll cost you.
At least 20 players must be under contract for the coming season.
The Vegas Golden Knights will then be revealed on Wednesday night during the NHL Awards.
The Red Wings elected to expose goalie Petr Mrazek in the expansion draft, protecting an older and more expensive goalie in Jimmy Howard. The protection lists have been submitted, and the Golden Knights are in their 72-hour window of exclusive free agent negotiation.
Asked about teams calling asking Vegas to pick players for them, McPhee said Sunday that "it's already started to happen".
The Golden Knights are allowed to choose a total of 30 players in Wednesday's draft, which leaves the other 30 National Hockey League teams nervous for their available players.
"We can put a good team on the ice, and accumulate draft picks and be in a surplus situation in the next couple of years", he said, according to SportsNet. Vegas is going to have to go fairly young in net, so selecting a veteran like the three-time Stanley Cup champion makes a lot of sense for the Golden Knights.
The Canes protected goalie Scott Darling, forwards Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Teuvo Teravainen, Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe; and defensemen Justin Faulk, Ryan Murphy and Trevor Carrick.
Now it's on Golden Knights general manager George McPhee to spend the next three days poring over the list of available players as the team selects one from each of the NHL's 30 teams. They will begin playing next season and will be the 15th team in the Western Conference and eighth in the Pacific Division.
The new cap ceiling will be about a 2.% increase from the $73-million figure used in 2016-17.
"People have identified people on other clubs they'd like to have", McPhee said.