Expansion draft, goalie shuffle, silver lining for Red Wings among league's non-Stanley Cup stories – ESPN

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Tal Pinchevsky

While much of the hockey-loving planet was watching the Pittsburgh Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions with a six-game series win over the Nashville Predators, the other 29 teams were hard at work. And all that hard work is about to pay off during one of the busiest weeks in recent NHL history.

Here’s what was happening elsewhere while the catfish were flying:

Expansion draft scramble: While general managers were finalizing their lists of protected and unprotected players for Wednesday’s expansion draft, the Vegas Golden Knights were working on their roster heading into their inaugural season. The New York Rangers buying out defenseman Dan Girardi and the Tampa Bay Lightning trading forward Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens were among the first dominoes to fall. Teams were still figuring out their roster decisions right up to the minute before they submitted their list of protected and unprotected players. More to come here.

Deep draft: Though the draft is missing generational talents of recent years like Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel and Patrik Laine, this year’s prospect crop has been touted for its depth. And with the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars — two teams possessing loads of talent up front — holding the second and third picks, respectively, speculation has been rampant that either club would deal their pick. In fact, Stars GM Jim Nill confirmed that the third overall pick could be had for the right price. Meanwhile, New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has said he is unlikely to trade the top pick, meaning either Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier likely will be taken first overall.

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