Rocket sports media | Laval, QC. – Canadians season 2020-21 in books. As difficult as losing in the Stanley Cup Final is for the organization and the fans, I think when everyone else is down they will be proud of the season. It has been a stressful season both physically and mentally.
While the players rest before starting their summer training program, Mark Bergiveen He immediately began preparing for the 2021-22 season. In front of the Canadian General Manager until Saturday at 5:00 pm. ET. To file a protection listing for the Seattle expansion project.
In this week’s column, I’ll show the list of protections that will be submitted to the league before the deadline.
Expansion Rules Project
The Kraken will choose one player from each team except the Golden Knights. Vegas is exempt from this year’s expansion draft. These are the guidelines for the remaining 30 teams:
Each organization can protect seven attackers, three defenders and one goalkeeper, or eight skaters (attackers / defense) and one goalkeeper, subject to the following conditions:
- All players who do not have movement clauses at the time of the draft, and who refuse to waive these clauses, must be protected and will be counted within the applicable protection limits for their team.
- All first- and second-year professionals, and all unsigned draft options, will be exempt from selection and will not be counted within the protection limits.
In addition, all NHL teams must meet the following minimum requirements regarding players subject to selection in the draft:
- One player who is a) under contract in 2021-22 and b) has played at least 40 NHL games in the previous season or played in at least 70 NHL games in the previous two seasons.
- Two forwards who are a) under contract in 2021-22 and b) have played at least 40 NHL games in the previous season or have played at least 70 NHL games in the previous two seasons.
- One goalkeeper is under contract in 2021-22 or will be a restricted free agent at the end of his current contract just prior to 2021-22. If a team elects to provide a restricted free agent goalkeeper to meet this requirement, that goalkeeper must have received its qualifying offer before the team’s protected roster is submitted.
After reviewing all the options, I think the best option for Canadians is to protect seven attackers, three defenders and one goalkeeper.
Carry price He will be on the protection list because of the immobility clause in his contract. Remember when it was some fans during the regular season who wanted the goalkeeper to waive his expansion project clause?
Price starts with elite level play throughout the team’s playoff round. The Canadian goalkeeper finished with a 13-9 record, 2.28 goals-to-average, and .924 keeping percentage in the postseason.
The Kraken will have the option to choose Jake Allen. The reserve goalkeeper has won 11 of his 29 regular season appearances, conserving 2.68 goals-to-average, and 907 save percentages. Allen did not appear during the playoffs, but gave his team a chance to win when he started during the season.
“I understand what’s at stake. I signed up here to play for Montreal Canadiens, and that’s where I’m at right now. Unless something changes, that’s my number one goal. We’ll cross that bridge when it comes,” Allen said when asked about the expansion draft. I understand that this is not an ordinary year.
Prior to the start of the season, Allen signed a two-year, $2.875 million extension for the salary cap. Seattle may find the cover attractive for a good goalkeeper.
Decisions must be made and we will see what happens. I expect to play for the Montreal Canadiens and that’s why I signed a two-year extension. I also understand that there is a commercial side to it. Things happen in this business that are beyond your control and we’ll see where you go,” Allen added.
protected: Carry price
unprotected: Jake Allen, Michael McNavin, Charlie Lindgren (NFL)
exempt: Kayden Primo
in the post-season period, Dominique Ducharme She relied heavily on four men of defense to bear the workload. The organization will need to expose someone to the draft.
by default, Jeff Petri Protected by the immobility clause in his contract. Shea Weber It is a lock to take place in the protection list. Webber is a leader in the locker room, and a great role model for the younger players on the roster.
The difficult decision will be to determine the last place in the protection list among Ben Shearot And the Joel Edmondson. Both defenders had an important role in the qualifiers.
Chiarot led the team in ice time with 25:15 during the playoffs, an increase of 3:28 over the regular season. He was primarily paired with Webber on five-on-five, and on his first penalty shootout. The pair constantly faced the attackers of rivals.
Edmundson averaged 23:23 ice time in the post season, an increase of 3:20 from the regular season. Edmundson was paired with Petrie during five out of five, and he was in the second kill unit. He led the team with +28 during the regular season.
I think Canadians will put Edmundson on the protection list for three reasons. First, Edmundson has three years left, while Kiarot enters the final year of his contract. Secondly, Edmondson is two years younger than Chiaroot. Finally, Edmundson won the Stanley Cup, a trait Bergevin was looking for when signing the defender.
protected: Shea Weber, Jeff Petrie, Joel Edmondson
unprotected: Ben Shearoot, Brett Colak, Eric Gustafson (UFA), John Merrill (UFA), Cal Fleury, Xavier Oulet, Gustav Olofsson
exempt: Alexander Romanov, Josh Brock, Kayden Gaul, Gianni Fairbrother, Matthias Norlender, Corey Scheuenemann
The front group decision is simpler than the defense decision. Brendan Gallagher With a no-motion clause in his knot, besides Josh AndersonAnd the Tyler Toffoli, And the Jesperi Kotkaniemi It is already printed on the protection list.
By Philip Danault and Jonathan DrouinAnd the Paul ByronAnd the Arturi LaconinAnd the Jake Evans On my short list of the remaining three regions. Lehkonen and Evans are my picks to take two spots, with one of Danault, Drouin or Byron being the seventh place forward.
Ultimately, I think Danault will be protected regardless of the connection state. The City of Seattle will have an exclusive window from July 18-21 to negotiate with unrestricted and unprotected free agents (UFA). If Danault does not sign with Montreal by Sunday, his protection will give both sides an extra week to negotiate. According to Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman, a gap of between $500,000 and $750,000 per year separated the two parties during negotiations last fall.
There is little news about Drouin’s absence and any possible comeback. The latest update was provided by Bergevin, noting that Drouin is doing better but the situation is still delicate.
Byron has two seasons left on his $3.4 million contract. Byron has speed, he plays penalty kicks and he’s a good captain. These are great qualities that should be on the list, but I don’t think it results in contract value.
protected: Philip Danault, Josh Anderson, Tyler Toffoli, Brendan Gallagher, Arturi Leconen, Gisbury Kotkanyemi, Jake Evans
Unprotected UFAs: Thomas Tatar, Joel Jeremiah, Eric Stahl, Michael Frolik, Corey Perry, Jordan Weil, Charles Huddon
unprotected: Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, Michael Pezzetta, Joseph Blandesi, Laurent Dauphin, Lucas Videmo, Brandon Paddock
exempt: Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Ryan Boehling, Jesse Yellonen, Cameron Hills, Arsene Khisamotdinov, Joel Tisdale, Alex Pelzel, Jake Luchini, Jean Misak, Raphael Harvey Benard
There is only one benefit for Canadians to protect eight skaters and one goalkeeper rather than the format of seven attackers, three defenders and one goalkeeper. It would allow Montreal to maintain its defensive unit in the top four at the cost of losing a key player from the front group.
It’s hard to imagine which player the Kraken would pick from among the Canadians. Teams can make side deals with Seattle to motivate them to pick or avoid a specific player. If I had to expect, I would expect it to be between Allen and Kiarot.
The National Hockey League is expected to publish its protection lists on July 18. Seattle’s selections will be announced on July 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET. On Sportsnet and ESPN.
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