The NHL has announced that the Rangers have protected the following players in the expansion draft:
Defense: Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh, Nick Holden
Forward: Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes, JT Miller, Mika Zibanejad, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello.
Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist.
Adam Rotter: This was pretty much the list of players that everyone expected the Rangers to protect, especially after Girardi was bought out. It was pretty straightforward for the Rangers and they are lucky they didn't have some of the issues that other teams had. Ultimately the Rangers will lose a player to Vegas but it's likely to either be their backup goalie or a forward from their bottom six.