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Russian Machine Never Breaks 17 July, 2021 - 05:27pm 38 views

When do teams have to submit protected list?

It's already July 17, which means that NHL teams are required to submit their protection lists to the NHL for the upcoming Expansion Draft by 5 pm EST. NHL teams have also their last chance to make any other moves until 3 pm EST, when the transaction freeze will be activated. Raw ChargeLightning Round: Today is the deadline for submitting protection lists

Francis and his team will be afforded the same rules that the Golden Knights had in 2017. The Kraken will make 30 total selections made up of at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies. Twenty of those players must be under contract for the 2021-22 season. Also, the total salary cap hits must be between 60% and 100% of the $81.5 million cap ceiling.

Thanks to the wonderful Cap Friendly, the Pro Hockey Talk team did our own mock Kraken expansion drafts. We protected players from the 30 teams and then made our picks for what we think would be an ideal first roster for the Seattle franchise.

Read ahead before NHL GMs make more moves that change everything (Thanks, Joe Sakic!).

Going team-by-team and figuring out whether a 7-3-1 or 8-1 protection list was the best way to go was a difficult task. I do not envy several teams who will have some very tough decisions to make as to who to leave expose and risk losing.

In making my Kraken roster, I went with a mix of cheap, short-term contracts and taking advantage of said teams with difficult decisions ahead of them. That’s why we were able to pluck Eberle, Gourde, Tanev, Soucy, and Graves. You figure the Flyers are fine exposing Gostisbhere given his struggles, cap hit and previous relationship with Seattle head coach Dave Hakstol. 

I wanted to go with a strong blue line, which I think I accomplished here. Goaltending wasn’t a difficult task. The toughest choice was debating whether to take Vanecek or Brenden Dillon from the Capitals.

Up front, we could use some more scoring punch. But with a little under $25 million in cap room, surely Ron Francis could lure some free agents or swing some deals (or side deals before the actual expansion draft) to bolster his forward group.

Obviously it’s impossible to predict side deals and there’s a good chance some guys like Vince Dunn aren’t even available when Seattle finally gets to pick. Using Vegas as kind of a blueprint here, whatever roster the Kraken end up with here very well might not reflect their Opening Night roster, especially with free agency coming up as an option too. One of the most interesting things Seattle can do is work as a broker for goalies or even defensemen with how many solid ones are available.

This roster keeps the cap space relatively low with room to extend some of the players not yet under contract. It also allows them to have some minor league depth with players like Tyler Benson and Vitaly Abramov. They also have room to make some splashes; P.K. Subban could be a face of the franchise, even with his cost. James van Riemsdyk gives them a power play option early in franchise history.

One strategy that’s difficult to express in an exercise like this: side deals. The construction of my (rinky dink) Kraken team could be very different if a team greased the wheels to make my (rinky dink) Kraken take on bad contracts for the price of futures. Even without that clarity, trades are the name of the game. My goal would be to pump-and-dump the likes of Giordano, Nyquist, and perhaps my biggest gamble: Drouin. By the way, one sneaky challenge when you’re putting together your team at Cap Friendly: you need 20 2021-22 contracts. Getting to 20 was a strain, at times, for me, and explains why Devin Shore would rank among my forwards.

Considering how many buyouts are flying around, the Kraken could be dealing with changes up until Saturday’s deadline to submit protected players lists. Can’t say I envy Ron Francis & Co.

My goal here is to make sure I do not saddle myself with long-term contracts, because pretty much any player that will be unprotected with term is going to be a player that is probably not worth that long-term salary cap number (Jeff Skinner, Matt Duchene for example).  The players with the longest term remaining on my team are Yanni Gourde and Matt Dumba, and I think they are probably fairly safe investments that will maintain some value. Beyond that, I looked for players that only have one or two years remaining and could be tradable assets. That might especially work in my favor on defense with P.K. Subban and Mark Giordano.

I also tried to load up on goaltending because, well, that is what is going to give me a chance. I would take advantage of the negotiation window and try to work out a deal with Chris Driedger from Florida and get him in the mix, and I am willing to roll the dice on Ben Bishop because if he is recovered from missing the entire 2020-21 season he can still be a game-changer and one of the best goalies in the league. Driedger and Adin Hill give me some good backup options if he can not.

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Blackhawks set their protected list for expansion draft

NBC Sports Chicago 31 December, 1969 - 06:00pm

That includes selecting players from other NHL teams, like the Chicago Blackhawks.

But each NHL franchise is allowed to protect players, and have basically two options. Option one is to protect seven forwards, three defenseman and one goalie. Or option two, protect eight skaters regardless of position and one goalie.

And here is the list of players the Blackhawks chose to protect, per a report from The Athletic, opting for the first option:

Before anyone panics about Kirby Dach not being listed, first- and second-year players, as well as unsigned draft picks, cannot be selected.

And any player that has a no-movement clause must be protected, like Toews and Kane.

Protecting players like DeBrincat, Murphy and Lankinen were obvious choices.

The exposed player list includes some notable names like Nikita Zadorov, Vinnie Hinostroza and Calvin de Haan.

Blackhawks set protection list for the Kraken expansion draft. Now the Nikita Zadorov watch begins

The Athletic 17 July, 2021 - 08:37pm

Blackhawks set protection list for the Kraken expansion draft. Now the Nikita Zadorov watch begins

A Vladimir Tarasenko Philadelphia fit? Could the Flyers trade their first-round draft pick? Mailbag

The Athletic 17 July, 2021 - 10:00am

A Vladimir Tarasenko Philadelphia fit? Could the Flyers trade their first-round draft pick? Mailbag

Flyers Trade Target: Nashville Predators' Mattias Ekholm

Philly Sports Network 16 July, 2021 - 07:45am

After the Philadelphia Flyers season fell apart in March, the conversation quickly shifted to fixing the defense. Erik Gustafsson was management malpractice, foolish to think he could replace the void left behind by Matt Niskanen. Inconsistent lineups deprived the Flyers of establishing an identity on defense.

In April, Philadelphia monitored any activity featuring Mattias Ekholm. The shared wish among the fanbase was an executed trade for Ekholm by the trade deadline. That didn’t happen, but the Flyers did regain a draft pick in the fifth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft after sending Michael Raffl to the Washington Capitals. No one executed a trade for Ekholm. Heading towards the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, Philadelphia has as good of a chance as ever to trade for him.

The Nashville Predators are protecting Ekholm. That’s ideal for the Flyers because it likely removes the Seattle Kraken from the “Ekholm Sweepstakes.”

What would a trade package potentially look like from Philadelphia for Ekholm? You may be surprised. If David Poile’s asking price hasn’t changed from the trade deadline, the Flyers will fleece the Predators. Ekholm can play next to Ivan Provorov, even if it’s not his natural position, which is the ideal acquisition of the offseason.

Per Jeff Middleton, a top prospect and two high draft picks could get the trade moving. Another point Middleton made was the two high draft picks likely reduces to one since more time elapsed on Mattias Ekholm’s current contract.

Compare the asking price for a Seth Jones or Dougie Hamilton, and this is one Chuck Fletcher should be making as I write this sentence.

Yegor Zamula is a player who makes sense with two high draft picks for Ekholm. Right now, the Philadelphia Flyers only have one first-round pick in each of the two upcoming drafts. Zamula, and 2021, 2022 first-round picks could get the trade moving, especially since two high selections are a price gouge with only a season left on Ekholm’s current deal. Other players, basically still prospects, are Wade Allison and Morgan Frost. The Flyers would likely have to either of them with the 2021 and 2022 first-round picks, too.

Reducing the price to a player and a pick could work for Philadelphia. Oskar Lindblom is a scorer who was trending towards a top-six label before his diagnosis. Lindblom and the 2021 first-round pick is a lot less than what Fletcher would spend on Hamilton or Jones.

Next season, Mattias Ekholm is due $3.75mil. That is a bargain of a deal for the type of player he is. What follows is as delightful for the Philadelphia Flyers. Ekholm, likely the best “bang for your buck” defenseman targeted, will leave room under the flat cap, unlike Seth Jones or Dougie Hamilton.

After 2021-2022, Ekholm projects to make $6mil/AAV. Compare that to spending around $8.5mil. A potential savings of $2.5mil in the flat cap era is a huge victory. Keeping out of cap purgatory will be more difficult. We all know just how badly the Flyers need financial freedom.

“But, Ekholm plays defense on the left side of the ice.”

It’s okay, as long as the Seattle Kraken leaves Shayne Gostisbehere alone. He doesn’t have the best contract of all the exposed players and didn’t exactly get along with Dave Hakstol in Philadelphia. Chances are, the defense stays intact from 2020-2021.

Gostisbehere can play the right side of the ice, omitting Justin Braun from the lineup. An updated lineup could feature Ekholm, Ivan Provorov, and Cam York on the left with Travis Sanheim, Philippe Myers, and Gostisbehere on the right.

Thus far, everything about Mattias Ekholm seems about as smooth as can be. Trade negotiations don’t seem to break the Philadelphia Flyers system, and we’ve established that he’s affordable. All of that changes a little bit due to teams like the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. Inside or outside the division, these rivals will start a bidding war with Chuck Fletcher.

Fletcher ought to be a spender for Ekholm. The Flyers connect to Seth Jones, who will remain expensive. Even a negotiation with Ron Francis at the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft to take Jakub Voracek will cost. During Tuesday’s press conference, Fletcher said he is taking calls and surveying the field. The topic of conversation in those negotiations should be reserved for a bidding war to acquire Ekholm.

Two playoff teams usually have the talent to trade away before one who didn’t make the postseason. It’s why the Penguins and Bruins are in a better position to buy than Philadelphia. If the Flyers are to test their damage control threshold this offseason, negotiations for Ekholm will push boundaries.

Pending on what the Nashville Predators want in return, Philadelphia will have to give up more to be on the same page as Pittsburgh and Boston. That’s a scenario that Fletcher and Brent Flahr may not want to risk.

Though he isn’t a right-handed defenseman, Ekholm is worth the risk as a left-handed blueliner who upgrades the entire unit.

Let’s throw Ivan Provorov into the deal too. Thank the ghost of Kate Smith you are NOT the Flyer’s GM

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