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Kings’ d-man McNabb reportedly on his way to Vegas

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After spending the last three seasons with the L.A. Kings, Brayden McNabb is reportedly on his way to Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights, it appears, have selected the 26-year-old left-shooting defenseman in the expansion draft. He has one more year remaining on his current contract, with an affordable $1.7 million cap hit.

Originally selected in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres, McNabb played in only 49 games for the Kings this past season, as a collarbone injury kept him out for about two months.

He finished the campaign with two goals and four points.

In his first season with L.A, McNabb had a career high 22 assists and 24 points.

The Kings opted to protected eight players and a goalie from the expansion draft, with Dustin Brown and Marian Gaborik highlighting the list of players exposed. It was suggested, however, that Vegas could make a play for McNabb.

Report: Perron selected by Golden Knights

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David Perron is on his way to the Vegas Golden Knights. That’s according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest.

This will mark Perron’s fifth NHL club.

Back with the St. Louis Blues on a two-year contract, Perron scored 18 goals and 46 points, playing the full 82-game schedule. However, he had only one assist in 11 playoff games.

That would help alleviate some cap space for the Blues heading into the offseason.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The removal of Perron’s salary will add $3.75 million to the Blues’ 2017-18 cap space, leaving them $10.25 million according to Capfriendly.com under the $75 million ceiling heading into the offseason. They have three restricted free agents with forwards Paajarvi and Nail Yakupov and defenseman Colton Parayko, along with one unrestricted free agent, Scottie Upshall. In all, the club has 19 players under contract.

Perron will go to Vegas with one year remaining on his deal with an annual cap hit of $3.75 million. He’ll be a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of next season.

Report: After impressive AHL postseason, Wings prospect Nosek ‘most likely’ Vegas bound

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Jeff Blashill was highly complimentary of Tomas Nosek during the Grand Rapids Griffins run to the Calder Cup.

“I don’t know what all the pieces will be for us next season, but certainly Nosek made us confident he can be an effective NHL player,” said Blashill, the Red Wings head coach, as he voiced his observations of the AHL playoffs.

Nosek may soon be an effective NHL player, as Blashill suggested, but it appears it won’t be for the Red Wings.

Per Craig Custance of The Athletic Detroit, Nosek is “most likely” to be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

Nosek was never drafted, but has worked his way into becoming a nice prospect for the Red Wings. He certainly brings an element of size up front, standing 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. In Grand Rapids this season, he achieved career highs for assists (26) and points (41), before putting together a very impressive postseason, scoring 10 goals and 22 points in 19 games, as Grand Rapids won the Calder Cup.

Nosek was among a trio of Red Wings prospects — included in that group was Tyler Bertuzzi and 2015 first-round pick Evgeny Svechnikov — that had particularly strong playoff performances for the Griffins and may have challenged for spots up front with the big club next season.

If Nosek is selected by the Golden Knights, it would keep goalie Petr Mrazek with the Red Wings — at least for now, anyway.

The Red Wings raised eyebrows by exposing Mrazek in the first place, with his attitude being among the reported reasons why Detroit took such a step.

Kesler could reportedly be out 4-5 months after hip surgery

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After undergoing another hip surgery, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler told reporters on Tuesday that he could potentially be out four to five months, according to NHL.com.

Initially, it was expected that Kesler would miss 12 weeks after the club said he underwent an operation for some “general cleaning” that included the removal of bone fragments.

From NHL.com:

“It’s going to take awhile,” Kesler said on the eve of the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile. “Gotta be patient with that. … It [stinks], but it had to be done.”

Kesler said he will be re-evaluated in 12 weeks.

If he does take up to five months to fully recover, he could miss a sizable portion of the first half of the season.

Kesler is in Las Vegas right now for the NHL Awards, which go tonight. He’s a finalist for the Selke Trophy, along with Patrice Bergeron and Mikko Koivu.

Report: Maple Leafs may lose Leipsic to Vegas

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Brendan Leipsic has shown to be quite productive at the American Hockey League level, and now he may be on his way to join the Golden Knights.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, there have been rumblings that the Toronto Maple Leafs will lose the 23-year-old Leipsic in today’s expansion draft. There have been no official announcements.

Originally selected by the Nashville Predators in the 2012 Entry Draft, Leipsic has yet to make much of an impact in the NHL. He’s appeared in six games with the Maple Leafs, scoring once with three points.

He has, however, put up some lofty numbers in the Western Hockey League, recording 120 points in 2012-13 with the Portland Winterhawks. While he hasn’t been able to duplicate that level of production in the minors, he’s still put up impressive numbers with the Toronto Marlies.

This past season with the Marlies, he scored 18 goals and 51 points in 49 games. He’s a pending restricted free agent, at the end of his entry-level contract that had an annual cap hit of $653,333 when in the NHL.