June 5, 2019 | 8:31pm ET
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ENGELLAND CONTRACT TALKS QUIET, FOR NOW

 
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Deryk Engelland, defenceman

 

As the Vegas Golden Knights prepare for this month’s NHL Draft and the possible trades that may factor into their off-season planning, GM George McPhee is also keeping tabs on his pending free agents.

Forwards William Karlsson, Toams Nosek and Nikita Gusev, and goaltender Malcolm Subban are set to become restricted free agents July 1, while blueliner Deryk Engelland and forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Brandon Pirri and Ryan Carpenter can become UFAs.

McPhee may be prioritizing his soon-to-be RFAs as he juggles the salary cap and may shy away from bringing back his UFAs-to-be.

Already over the cap, McPhee is believed to be shopping the likes of defenceman Colin Miller and forward Cody Eakin in an attempt to free up some space. The Knights can also place David Clarkson and his $5.25 million cap hit on long-term IR.

With respect to Engelland, there have not been any recent contract talks with the Golden Knights, his agent, Allain Roy, told TFP on Wednesday.

Engelland, 37, had a base salary of $1.5 million this season and had another $1 million to earn through various performance bonuses.

If the Golden Knights fail to re-sign the veteran blueliner, he will explore his options on the open market.

In 74 games with the Knights this season, Engelland registered two goals and 10 assists for 12 points.