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There’s only two days until the Expansion Draft is done.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Pittsburgh Penguins
“I don’t want to go to the broadcast booth!”
Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Get ready for a wild week. Over the next two days the Vegas Golden Knights will be wheeling and dealing with every other team in the league to see if they would prefer to pay up rather than let Vegas have their pick of their exposed list.

Speaking of those lists.

Maple Leafs Exposed Players
Maple Leafs Protected Players

Arvind looked at the other teams’ exposed players and found targets for trade deals with Vegas.

Examining Colin Miller as a potential trade target for the Leafs - MLHS
After splitting 2015-16 between Providence and Boston, Miller became a full-time NHLer this past season, posting 13 points (6g,7a) in 61 games. His underlying numbers have been very strong, keeping in mind the bottom-pairing context.

The Vegas Golden Knights themselves are asking on Twitter who they should pick.

Stories are now coming out about why certain players were exposed. Expect more in the near future.

Detroit Red Wings exposed Petr Mrazek due to performance, attitude - MLive
"Mrazek was not happy the Red Wings were unable to trade Howard in the off-season and let the club know in less-than-tactful terms."

Defending Jonas - Hockey Wilderness
Reasons to remain calm about protecting Jonas Brodin from expansion and exposing Matt Dumba.

Blackhawks, Golden Knights have Kruger trade in place, per report - Second City Hockey
Trevor van Riemsdyk is likely heading to Vegas, too.

Other News

The NHLPA has agreed to inflate the salary cap by a small amount - Katya
They did not apply the full 5% inflator, but the cap won’t be flat either.

Media Roundtable Topic: career paths for young people - TSM Blog
Looking to break in to sports media as a professional? Are you at J-school? Doing an internship? Seven anonymous insiders share their experiences, and give their advice.

Dear Detroit, Welcome to The Athletic - Craig Custance
The former ESPN NHL Insider is the latest to join The Athletic, as Managing Editor of their new Detroit site. Expect him to cover the Red Wings when the Leafs visit.

How Music City put on a show on hockey’s greatest stage - Raw Charge
At the end of the Predators’ excellent season, we look back at Nashville’s musical past and how hockey and honkytonk collided.