CHICAGO -- The airports here are going to be wildly busy this morning as NHL teams burn up the red-eye miles from Las Vegas heading from Expansion Draft to Entry Draft, with the picks at United Center scheduled to start Friday night at 7 p.m Eastern.
That old adage about what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas doesn't apply here. What happened in Sin City last night will have long-term reverberations throughout the NHL, starting today.
The Vegas Golden Knights finally have a team, featuring big names like Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Nashville forward James Neal and an ex-Sabres prospect in William Carrier.
With that exercise complete, there's the potential for a wild day of trading around the league now that the 8 a.m. ET freeze on deals has been lifted.
Some of the players Vegas took last night could be on the move, notably defensemen Marc Methot and Trevor van Riemsdyk. So could some of the draft picks the Golden Knights did an incredible job harvesting. Just look at the haul they have:
• Three first-rounders this year at Nos. 6-13-15 with two from Winnipeg and the New York Islanders.
• Four extra second-rounders, one this year from Tampa Bay, two in 2019 from the New York Islanders and Columbus and one in 2020 from Pittsburgh.
• A third-rounder in 2019 from Winnipeg, fourth-rounder in 2018 from Tampa Bay, fifth-rounder this year from Carolina and sixth-rounder this year from the Sabres to stay away from Linus Ullmark.
The Sabres certainly are expected to be in the trade mix. For starters, what will Jason Botterill do about Evander Kane?
While most connections continue to be with West Coast teams like Los Angeles and Vancouver, I still wonder about the New York Islanders as well. They need a forward big-time, partly to show pending 2018 free agent John Tavares they're serious about contending.
Lots of talk about Colorado's Matt Duchene or Edmonton's Jordan Eberle being that guy. Not a lot of chatter about Kane but he could certainly fill that bill as well.
And how about more help for Buffalo on defense? Stay tuned. The entire league is back open for business.