The Las Vegas Golden Knights have been flying under the radar during the National Hockey League's playoffs, but that doesn't mean that general manager George McPhee has been resting on his laurels.
According to an ESPN report McPhee has admitted that he has had talks with a number of teams across the National Hockey League about potential trades prior to or at the expansion draft for Las Vegas.
McPhee told The Associated Press he already had preliminary discussions with most teams over what trades could be made before the draft is held in Las Vegas on June 21, two days before the traditional draft.
McPhee went into some detail about what he's looking to do at the draft, and it sounds like he's willing to build up a cache of draft picks in exchnage for drafting a weaker core group to kick off the Golden Knight's inaugural season.
"If they want to give us draft picks to encourage us to take a certain player or leave another player alone, we're open-minded and we're going to listen to everyone," McPhee said. "You usually build your team, historically, through the entry draft, so we'd certainly be interested in acquiring picks."
While McPhee did not confirm which general managers he is currently talking to, he did admit he had productive talks with the Buffalo Sabres prior to the termination of Tim Murray.