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When is the expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken?

The Seattle Kraken are officially on the clock. On Sunday, the NHL released the available and protected lists for the 30 other teams ahead of the Kraken's expansion draft, which will take place July 21 (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2). usatoday.comNHL expansion draft: Protected lists ahead of Seattle Kraken's roster selection

When is Seattle draft?

The Seattle Kraken will begin to craft their roster heading into the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, which will take place on Wednesday, July 21st at 8 p.m. ET. DraftKings Nation2021 NHL Expansion Draft: Best players available for Seattle Kraken on Wednesday

Who will penguins protect in expansion draft?

The Penguins, as expected, protected seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie instead of protecting eight skaters of any position plus one goalie. Up front, they secured centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Teddy Blueger and Jeff Carter, plus wingers Jake Guentzel, Bryan Rust and Kasperi Kapanen. Pittsburgh Post-GazetteBrandon Tanev, Jason Zucker left off Penguins' expansion draft protected list

When are the NHL protected lists due?

The deadline for the NHL to approve and distribute the protection lists is 10 a.m. Sunday. Once that is done, Seattle's RFA/UFA interview period immediately begins for exposed players. WDIV ClickOnDetroitFollow updates: NHL teams announce Seattle expansion draft protection lists

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The list of Washington Capitals players available for and protected from the Seattle Kraken expansion draft is now known.

Among others, the Caps have chosen to protect American hero  TJ Oshie, goalie Ilya Samsonov, controversial forward Evgeny Kuznetsov, and young forward Daniel Sprong. Defender Trevor van Riemsdyk is a surprise inclusion on the protected list.

The Kraken’s choice from the list of available players will be announced on Wednesday.

One noteworthy protected player is TJ Oshie. As of last week he said he was unaware of whether or not he would be protected.

Keep in mind that a number of players, particularly Alex Ovechkin, are unrestricted free agents. The Kraken can now negotiate with Ovechkin if they so choose. If they sign him as a UFA before the expansion draft, he would then become the Kraken’s pick from the Capitals.

As of Friday, Ovechkin said he was still negotiating his next deal with Washington, though others have reported that the deal is already all but done and waiting until after the expansion draft to be signed.

The expansion draft will be held on Wednesday, July 21.

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Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko among players available to Kraken in expansion draft

Yardbarker 19 July, 2021 - 12:14am

The Seattle Kraken begin play during the 2021-22 season, but the NHL's 32nd franchise needs a team first. 

Seattle will begin adding players during Wednesday's expansion draft, and several of the NHL's biggest stars are available for the taking. According to The Athletic's Ryan S. Clark, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko and Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog are among the players who were left unprotected for the expansion draft. 

BREAKING: Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko, Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Johansen, Mark Giordano, Jonathan Drouin, Yanni Gourde, Tyler Johnson, Jason Zucker, Jared McCann and Kaapo Kahkonen are among those players who have been exposed ahead of the expansion draft. #SeaKraken

Price's availability is surprising. He just led Montreal to the Stanley Cup Final and has been a staple in goal for the franchise for more than a decade. However, the Habs believe the Kraken won't be willing to take on the remainder of his eight-year, $84 million contract. Price has a $10.5 million cap hit each year through the 2025-26 season. 

Tarasenko, meanwhile, requested a trade from the Blues because he's reportedly upset with how St. Louis handled his multiple shoulder surgeries. The 29-year-old has two more seasons on his contract at $7.5 million per year.

As for Landeskog, he's set to become an unrestricted free agent. So, even if the Kraken do select him, the 28-year-old could still opt to re-sign with the Avalanche. However, it's unclear if Colorado is willing to give him the $9 million to $10 million per season he's seeking on his next contract. 

Things will undoubtedly get interesting for the Kraken in the coming days, and only time will tell which stars they select to be the face of their new franchise. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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Kings protect Doughty, Kopitar and Brown, but leave Quick exposed

LA Daily News 19 July, 2021 - 12:00am

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Bruins: Breaking down and analyzing Boston’s protected list

Causeway Crowd 18 July, 2021 - 11:24am

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With the Seattle Kraken expansion draft just three days away (not counting today, Sunday, July 18), 30 NHL teams, excluding the Vegas Golden Knights, were required to submit their protected players lists for the draft last night. This morning, the lists were revealed. There were some surprises for other teams, but the Boston Bruins‘ list came as expected.

The 30 teams that are participating in the upcoming draft had two options to choose from when protecting players: 1) seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie. 2) eight total skaters if they felt the need to protect more than three defensemen and a goalie. The B’s went with the first option.

Players with any type of no-movement clauses (NMC) in their contracts have to be protected, unless the player agreed to waive the clause. However, players with no-trade clauses do not have to be protected as being selected in the expansion draft doesn’t count as a trade.

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There are also rules when it comes to leaving players exposed:

First, at least one defenseman who is under contract for the 2021-22 season and has played at least 40 NHL games in the 2020-21 season or has played at least 70 NHL games over the previous two seasons has to be exposed.

Second, at least two forwards who are under contract for the 2021-22 season and have played at least 40 games in the 2020-21 season or have played at least 70 games over the previous two seasons have to be exposed.

Third, at least one goalie who is under contract for the 2021-22 season or will be a restricted free agent (RFA) after the 2020-21 season has to be exposed. If the goalie is a RFA, they must have received their qualifying offer before the protected list was submitted.

Players exempt from the draft include first- and second-year professionals, unsigned draft selections, and players with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the last 60 consecutive games (or have been confirmed to have career-threatening injuries).

Additionally, pending unrestricted free agents (UFA) do not have to be protected by their most recent team. However, Seattle does have today, July 18, to Wednesday, July 21, to sign unprotected UFAs. If they do sign an UFA during this period, it counts as the selection for that team. Example: If the Kraken signed Taylor Hall between today and Wednesday, it would count as Seattle’s pick for the Black and Gold.

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