Winners and Losers from NHL Expansion Draft Protection Lists

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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). USA TODAYNHL 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. All 31 NHL teams were asked to submit their protected and unprotected lists by July 17 and those lists were released to the public on Sunday. DraftKings Nation2021 NHL Expansion Draft: Best players available for Seattle Kraken on Wednesday

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. 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

Who will Blackhawks protect in expansion draft?

Blackhawks leave Nikita Zadorov unprotected for Seattle Kraken expansion draft. The Hawks protected Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome, Brandon Hagel, Henrik Borgstrom, David Kampf, Connor Murphy, Riley Stillman, Caleb Jones and Kevin Lankinen from the Kraken. Chicago Sun-TimesBlackhawks leave Nikita Zadorov unprotected for Kraken expansion draft

By Peter Botte

July 18, 2021 | 11:49am | Updated July 18, 2021 | 11:52am

The Rangers’ protection list for the upcoming expansion draft for the new Seattle Kraken franchise offered no major surprises.

The Blueshirts protected seven forwards, three defensemen and goalie Alexandar Georgiev, with their most notable exposures including newly acquired pending free agent Barclay Goodrow, fellow forwards Julien Gauthier, Colin Blackwell and Phillip Di Giuseppe, defensemen Tony DeAngelo, Anthony Bitetto and Brendan Smith and third-string goalie Keith Kinkaid.

After dealing center Brett Howden to the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, the Rangers protected forward Kevin Rooney as their seventh forward. The others protected were Artemi Panarin, Mike Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil, and defensemen Jacob Trouba, Ryan Lindgren and Libor Hajek.

The expansion draft will take place Wednesday, with Seattle selecting 30 players — one from each team’s availability list, excluding the Golden Knights, who joined the NHL in 2017. Teams were allowed to protect either eight skaters and one goalie or seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie.

All first- and second-year professionals and unsigned draft choices, are exempt from selection and did not need to be protected. Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox, Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere, K’Andre Miller and Igor Shesterkin fell into this category with the Rangers, among others.

Among those left available by the Islanders are mainstays Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle, forwards Leo Komarov, Kieffer Bellows and Otto Koivula and defensemen Andy Greene and Sebastian Aho.

The Devils left former Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, who has a $9 million cap hit entering the final year of his contract, unprotected.

Other big names available for the Kraken include: Canadiens goalie Carey Price, 2019 Norris winner Mark Giordano (Flames) and Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko.

The Kraken began an exclusive 72-hour window Sunday morning to negotiate with exposed pending free agents such as Alexander Ovechkin and Gabriel Landeskog.

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Price, Tarasenko among those available to Kraken for NHL Expansion Draft

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Carey Price, Shea Weber and Vladimir Tarasenko headline the group of players who are under contract and available for the Seattle Kraken to select in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, SN NOW).

Price, the Montreal Canadiens goalie; Weber, the Canadiens defenseman and captain; and Tarasenko, the St. Louis Blues forward, are among the NHL players left unprotected by their teams. The NHL released the protected and available lists Sunday.

Price had to waive his no-move clause to be left exposed in the expansion draft so the Canadiens could protect goalie Jake Allen.

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin and Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog are included on the list of pending unrestricted free agents who were left unprotected by their teams and available for the Kraken to sign and select.

Seattle has an exclusive window to sign any pending unrestricted free agent or restricted free agent who was left unprotected from 10 a.m. ET Sunday through 10 a.m. ET Wednesday. If they sign a player during that window, he counts as their choice from that player's former team in the expansion draft.

The Kraken have until 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday to submit their final selections to the NHL and NHL Players' Association. They must select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies, and can only select or sign one player from each of the 30 other NHL teams, excluding the Vegas Golden Knights, who are exempt from the expansion draft.

Several other veteran goalies who are under contract were also left available for the Kraken to select, including Stanley Cup winners Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings), Matt Murray (Ottawa Senators) and Braden Holtby (Vancouver Canucks). 

Ben Bishop (Dallas Stars), Vitek Vanecek (Washington Capitals), Martin Jones (San Jose Sharks) and Kaapo Kahkonen (Minnesota Wild) are also available.

Chris Driedger (Florida Panthers), Frederik Andersen (Toronto Maple Leafs), Petr Mrazek (Carolina Hurricanes), Mike Smith (Edmonton Oilers), Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins) and Jaroslav Halak (Bruins) are among the top pending unrestricted free agent goalies left unprotected.

Rask will be out until at least mid-January following hip surgery and has said he will sign only with the Bruins.

New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban was left available for Seattle, meaning he and Weber, the players involved in the blockbuster trade between the Canadiens and Nashville Predators on June 29, 2016, could both be picked by the Kraken.

Other defenseman signed through at least the 2021-22 season who are available to the Kraken include Mark Giordano (Calgary Flames), Kevin Shattenkirk (Anaheim Ducks), Shayne Gostisbehere (Philadelphia Flyers) and Erik Johnson (Avalanche).

Pending free agent defensemen available include Dougie Hamilton (Hurricanes) and Vince Dunn (Blues), who can become a restricted free agent.

The Predators left forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen exposed to Seattle. The New York Islanders did the same with forwards Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle. The Ducks left forward Adam Henrique available, and the Buffalo Sabres did not protect forward Jeff Skinner.

The Philadelphia Flyers left forwards James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek unprotected, choosing to protect the likes of Oskar Lindblom, Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Scott Laughton instead.

The Tampa Bay Lightning protected four defensemen (Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, Mikhail Sergachev and Erik Cernak) and four forwards (Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, Nikita Kucherov and Anthony Cirelli), meaning Seattle can select one of forwards Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, Yanni Gourde or Pat Maroon.

Seattle could also sign and select pending unrestricted free agent forwards Taylor Hall and David Krejci (Bruins), Brandon Saad (Avalanche), Phillip Danault (Canadiens), Kyle Palmieri (Islanders), Zach Hyman (Maple Leafs) and Jaden Schwartz (Blues).

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