When do NHL teams announced protected players?
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. The expansion draft is Wednesday night, followed by the 2021 NHL Entry Draft starting Friday. WDIV ClickOnDetroitFollow updates: NHL teams announce Seattle expansion draft protection lists
Is Carey Price protected?
The NHL released the expansion draft protected lists on Sunday morning. Price, 33, has five seasons remaining on his eight-year, US$84-million contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $10.5 million. ... Price had to waive the no-movement clause in his contract in order for the Canadiens to leave him unprotected. Montreal GazetteCanadiens leave Carey Price unprotected for Seattle expansion draft
How many players can NHL teams protect?
Teams can either protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters and one goaltender. Players who have two or fewer years of NHL experience, and unsigned draft picks, will not need to be protected. NBC ChicagoSeattle Kraken Expansion Draft: Key Dates for the NHL's 32nd Team
18 July, 2021 - 10:02am
The Seattle Kraken are soon joining the NHL as the league’s 32nd franchise. And with that comes an expansion draft that leaves available players on every team across the league (specifically, the Kraken will select one player from each team, excluding the Golden Knights for a total of 30 players, including at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies).
There are more rules, limitations, and minimums which you can read about right here.
The more important matter is that of the Blackhawks protection list. Teams can protect seven forwards, three defensemen, one goalie … *or* eight skaters and one goalie from the Kraken. The Blackhawks went the former route and here’s how they played it.
Forwards (7): Henrik Borgstrom, Alex Debrincat, Brandon Hagel, David Kampf, Patrick Kane, Dylan Strome, Jonathan Toews
Defensemen (3): Caleb Jones, Connor Murphy, Riley Stillman
Goalie (1): Kevin Lankinen
Forwards (7): Ryan Carpenter, Brett Connolly, Adam Gaudette, Vinnie Hinostroza
Defensemen (3): Calvin de Haan, Nikita Zadorov
Goalie (1): Collin Delia, Malcolm Subban
I’m going to save more analysis for Mario (he’s flying home at this very moment), but I do know that Nikita Zadorov was the big decision point for this team, especially after already trading away Duncan Keith and seeking a front-line defender in free agency or trade.
Early reports suggested that Zadorov, a restricted free agent, was seeking a relatively massive five year deal at a $5.85M average annual value. Scott Powers and Mark Lazerus (The Athletic) echoed those rumors, but believe he’s far more likely ot end up in the $3.5-$4.5M range and his attractiveness to the Kraken will depend largely on whether they’re willing to pony up that amount to get a deal done.
Alright, that’s it for now. More from Mario later on. And remember, the draft is this Wednesday at 7:00 CT.
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17 July, 2021 - 08:45pm
With Price exposed in Wednesday's draft, the Canadiens would be able to protect backup goaltender Jake Allen.
The 30 teams in the expansion draft can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie; or they can protect eight skaters and one goaltender. All first-year and second-year NHL players, and all unsigned draft picks, are exempt from the expansion draft, and won't count toward a team's protection total.
According to TSN, Montreal's thinking is that Price's contract would be a deterrent for Seattle. He has five years remaining on an eight-year, $84 million contract, and is due an $11 million signing bonus in September.
The NHL hit pause Saturday after a busy day of league-wide deals that helped teams solidify rosters and make decisions on what players would be exposed to Seattle ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft.
Teams submitted their protected player lists to the league Saturday, and those who are protected -- or more importantly left unprotected -- will be released early Sunday. From there, it will be a three-day whirlwind of decisions, phone calls and likely some deals on the side that will eventually make up the Kraken roster that gets announced.
Ron Francis, who was hired two years ago Sunday as the first GM of the Kraken, said his staff has gone through hundreds of mock drafts over the past 18 months building toward the decisions that will be made this week. Seattle has certain minimums it must meet in the expansion draft, including selecting at least 20 players who are under contract for next season and have salaries totaling at least $48 million.
But one of Seattle's biggest benefits going into the draft is its salary cap space.
"The one thing that we think is extremely, extremely valuable in this environment is cap space,'' Francis said. "We've got $81.5 million of cap space to play with so that's certainly something that we want to make sure we try and take advantage of moving forward.''
Price, 33, posted a 12-7-5 record with a 2.64 goals-against average in 25 regular-season games while leading Montreal to its first Stanley Cup Final since 1993. He also started all 22 games during the playoffs, recording a 2.28 GAA and .924 save percentage.
Allen, 30, signed with the Canadiens last offseason and went 11-12-5 with a 2.68 GAA and .907 save percentage.
17 July, 2021 - 07:49pm
The Montreal Canadiens goaltender did so to allow the club to protect fellow netminder Jake Allen for Wednesday's proceedings. Price only waived the clause for expansion draft purposes, meaning he can't be involved in an unrelated transaction without his approval, according to Johnston.
The veteran is reportedly owed a signing bonus of $11 million in September. He's under contract at a cap hit of $10.5 million through 2025-26.
All players with no-movement clauses in their contracts must be protected in the expansion draft, and every team needs to protect one goalie. Had Price not waived his clause, the Canadiens would have been forced to protect him and expose Allen, one of the NHL's best backup goalies.
Price struggled during the 2021 season before excelling in the playoffs. He went 13-9 with a .924 save percentage over 22 postseason games this year, helping Montreal make an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final. The puck-stopper, who'll be 34 years old in August, went 12-7-5 with a .901 save percentage over 25 regular-season contests in 2021.
The 2014-15 Hart and Vezina Trophy winner has played 14 campaigns with the Canadiens, who drafted him fifth overall in 2005.
Price has ties to the Pacific Northwest, as he hails from British Columbia and his wife, Angela, is from the state of Washington.