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Golden Knights’ GM sets 9 p.m. Monday deadline for trades - June 19th, 2017

 

If you’re an NHL team looking to do business with the Golden Knights, you better get moving because time is running out.

General manager George McPhee said Monday he will entertain offers until 9 p.m. (PST) Monday. After that, the team will put its final 30-man list together Tuesday for submission to the league office. The Knights have until 7 a.m. Wednesday to turn in their roster and the names will be made public later that day at the NHL Awards Show at T-Mobile Arena.

“We’re still listening to offers,” McPhee said Monday at the team’s Summerlin offices. “We don’t have any deals finalized, but we’ve told the other teams that we’ll be moving forward with our plans to pick our team tomorrow. So today is the last day to make a deal.

Despite the rumors circulating that the Knights have some agreements with several teams, McPhee said nothing has been finalized in terms of deals.

“No. Everything is, we have things lined up, but nothing is final until everything is final,” he said.

McPhee said the team has been in discussions with unrestricted and restricted free agents. But he didn’t know if the team would sign anyone before Wednesday’s deadline.

“We’ve had a lot of discussions with free agents, we’ve had a lot of agents call, healthy discussions, and at this point, I don’t know what direction things will go with respect to free agents,” he said. “But we are having a lot of dialogue with them.

“They have been very excited. They have been delighted to hear from us and have been aggressive in trying to do things with us, so that obviously, that’s fantastic for this franchise.”

Why pursue and sign an unrestricted free agent now rather than wait until the open season begins July 1?

“Because the free agent is better than anything we could pick from that team,” he said. “That’s why we’d sign them.”

While McPhee prepares to finalize the list for the expansion draft, he and his amateur hockey staff are working toward Friday’s NHL Entry Draft. The Golden Knights currently own the No. 6 pick and McPhee said there are daily discussions on preparing for Chicago this weekend.

“We’ve got another office in there preparing for the entry draft,” he said. “We’re doing most of the expansion stuff during the day and at the end of the day, when everybody’s tuckered out, then we go in and deal with the amateur stuff.

“We’re in a good place. We’re really well-prepared for it, and as you know, we’ve had an entire year to prepare for both of these drafts, and we are prepared and organized and that’s why I feel a little more relaxed up here than I anticipated I would be at this time.”

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