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| including us with Raanta...
but there are so many goalies out there for Vegas to choose from. My guess is they'll go with MAF.
Personally I'd rather lose a goalie, even if you believe his upside is 1-A... than a 2nd pair young Dman or 3rd line young forward. You can always get these 25-30 game goalies on the open market for ~a mil, and the position is so hard to project given all the mental aspects to their game.
I agree with you on losing a goalie being the preferable outcome. I guess it'll come down to what McPhee allots to goaltending salaries, as I think they're going to try to be competitive out of the gate. I believe building from the crease outward is the way to do that, so it depends on if LV wants to take on MAF's $5.75M/yr and solidify goaltending for the 2 years he'll have left on that deal, or looking at a Halak for a year at $4.5M, or a rising quality G like Raanta (who is only making $1M). There's even a guy like Philip Grubauer that McPhee may know from his WAS days who likely isn't protected given they have Holtby and highly regarded Samsonov waiting in the wings. And who knows what's going to happen in LA, so it's plausible Bishop ends up there.
As for the Isles, I don't think Halak will be selected (very happy if he is), so we need to come to terms with the fact we'll lose a player we like. I truly hope Pulock is protected, but as I mentioned, I think he, along with Strome, Nelson, Cizikas, de Haan or Hickey are the leading candidates to be claimed.