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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22:  New Las Vegas NHL franchise owner Bill Foley and commissioner Gary Bettman of the National Hockey League pose for a photo during the Board of Governors Press Conference prior to the 2016 NHL Awards at Encore Las Vegas on June 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NHL's board of governors approved expanding to Las Vegas, making the franchise the 31st team in the league. The team will start play during the 2017-18 season and play at the newly built T-Mobile Arena.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Vegas owner hopes to have new GM by beginning of August

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Work has started on the next step in building the Las Vegas NHL franchise, including securing a front office and hockey operations staff.

As per Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Owner Bill Foley and his staff are off to Montana to meet and discuss different issues. But putting together a list of candidates for the general manager position is probably the most pressing, with the expansion draft less than a year away.

It’s possible the successful candidate could be found by the beginning of next month, and Foley told the publication he hopes to have a shortlist of three to five candidates for upcoming interviews.

“My hope is we’ll have our general manager on board no later than Aug. 1,” said Foley, as per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“We’ve had a lot of people reach out to us, and we’ve got some people we’re interested in who we’ve yet to speak to. We hope to identify who we want to speak to from these meetings.”

Even though the expansion draft may seem like its far away, teams have already started the process of figuring out which players they may want to protect.

The Anaheim Ducks traded goalie Frederik Andersen last month, and GM Bob Murray added that with the expansion draft, it would’ve ultimately been impossible to keep both Andersen and John Gibson.

With teams already preparing for the expansion draft, Vegas must quickly build a staff in order to keep up. Hence the importance of finding a GM.

“We’re going to have a lot of interviews to do, a lot of flying in and out (of Las Vegas). We want to make sure we hire the right person. I’m not worried about who the coach is going to be right now. The coach can happen next April, after the season. If someone gets fired before the season ends, we can maybe look at that person,” Foley said last month.

“But the window is now for the GM and the scouts. That’s where our focus is.”

After signing Hutton, Blues trade goalie Anders Nilsson to Sabres

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Anders Nilsson can't stop a shot from the Minnesota Wild during the exhibition overtime of an NHL preseason hockey game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (Liam Richards/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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The St. Louis Blues traded goalie Anders Nilsson to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, getting a fifth-round pick in next year’s NHL Draft back in return.

Nilsson, 26, appeared in three games for the Blues during the 2015-16 season, after he was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers when Brian Elliott went down with an injury.

In 26 games with the Oilers, Nilsson posted a record of 10-12-2, a goals-against average of 3.14 and a save percentage of .901.

For the Blues, Saturday’s deal coincides with yesterday’s news that they signed Jake Allen to a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension, making him the outright No. 1 goalie in St. Louis heading into the upcoming season, and signed free agent puck stopper Carter Hutton to a two-year, $2.25 million contract.

For the Sabres, acquiring Nilsson comes after losing Chad Johnson on the open market to Calgary.

Nilsson then reportedly signed a one-year deal worth a $1 million.

Islanders sign Parenteau to one-year, $1.25M deal

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The New York Islanders made a major splash into the free agent waters on Friday, locking up Andrew Ladd to a seven-year, $38.5 million deal. They followed that up by adding Jason Chimera for two years.

On Saturday, the Islanders brought in another veteran forward via the free agent market, adding 33-year-old P.A. Parenteau on a one-year contract worth $1.25 million, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

Last season with Toronto, Parenteau scored 20 goals — matching his single-season career high from the 2010-11 season when he was with the Islanders — and 41 points.

As pointed out, there’s familiarity between the player and organization. In fact, his most productive hockey came when Parenteau was with the Islanders, with a total of 120 points in two seasons, spending the majority of his time at five-on-five alongside John Tavares and Matt Moulson.

(You can click here check out that line’s numbers.)

Parenteau then went on to make stops in Colorado, Montreal and Toronto.

Prior to the 2016 trade deadline, the Islanders and Maple Leafs were reportedly working on a deal involving Parenteau, but couldn’t work anything out, keeping Parenteau in Toronto for the remainder of the season.

The Islanders lost three key free agents in Kyle Okposo (Buffalo), Matt Martin (Toronto) and Frans Nielsen (Detroit). Now, where could Parenteau fit in this Islanders lineup after four seasons away from that team?

He’s back! Polak signs one-year deal with Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs' Roman Polak, of the Czech Republic, as seen making his return appearance to St. Louis during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in St. Louis. Polak did not return to St. Louis after the off-season. (AP Photo/Billy Hurst)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs turned to a familiar face on the second day of NHL free agency, signing defenseman Roman Polak to a one-year contract on Saturday.

Yes, that’s right.

Prior to the trade deadline in February, the Leafs sent Polak and forward Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Raffi Torres and a pair of second round picks (2017, 2018).

On the first day of free agency, the Leafs signed hard-hitting forward Matt Martin to a four-year, $10 million contract.

The Leafs aren’t bringing Polak back to add offense to their blue line.

Polak scored one goal and 15 assists last season between Toronto and San Jose, and was used primarily in the Sharks’ bottom defensive pairing in their run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Report: Panthers sign Trocheck to six-year contract

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Vincent Trocheck #21 of the Florida Panthers skates against the New York Islanders in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 24, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders won the game 2-1 in double overtime to win the series four games to two.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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More news from the Florida Panthers!

According to George Richards of the Miami Herald on Saturday, the Panthers have re-signed 22-year-old forward Vincent Trocheck to a six-year contract that, as expected, comes with a massive raise from the $894,166 AAV from his entry-level contract.

Back in June, it was reported the two sides were nearing a long-term contract extension.

The Panthers have yet to announce a deal.

This past season, Trocheck erupted for 25 goals and 53 points in 76 regular season games, before a foot injury forced him to miss the remainder of the regular season and limited his post-season to just two games.

His breakout campaign led to Jaromir Jagr proclaiming Trocheck, at the time of his injury, to be Florida’s “…best player for a long time.”

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