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The 2021 Expansion Draft

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The NHL confirmed today that Seattle will enter the league in 2021 and that the expansion draft will follow the same rules as what Vegas was given. Thus, the teams can protect 7F, 3D, and 1 goalie or 8 total skaters and 1 goalie. All 1st and 2nd year pros are exempt, so basically anyone playing with the Habs/Rocket already this year will need to be protected and anyone who doesn't meet criteria for having played this year (e.g. Suzuki or Brook) will remain exempt. Kotkaniemi, Juulsen, and Mete would thus all require protection as is.

The Habs will, however, have several players hitting UFA status that summer, so as with Radulov last draft, they can choose not to re-sign them until after the ED but could theoretically lose their rights. These would include Tatar, Gallagher, Petry, and Danault. Obviously, the roster will change between now and then, but with our current roster, the Habs should be looking at protecting a group that would include Drouin, Domi, Kotkaniemi, and Lehkonen as 4 of the 7 forwards. The other 3 would come from a pool of Gallagher, Tatar, Danault, Shaw, Byron, Hudon, Evans, and Armia. As is, I would personally look at Gallagher (despite his UFA status) as being the 5th guy, and the rest are a toss-up for me. Tatar and Byron are good now, but may be on the downhill by then, and I'm not sure we'll be hurting too much if we lose one of those other guys in 2021.

On D, would guess Juulsen and Mete are two of the guys we protect. The last spot comes down to Weber vs. UFA Petry vs. Fleury (if he really breaks out as a youngster). Weber will be 36 and still have 4 years left on his deal. At that point, we wouldn't be hit too hard by any cap recapture penalty, so I think down the line we should consider exposing him, and I'm not sure Petry will still be in our plans or as viable an option to preserve by then.

In net, Carey has a NMC so must be protected over Lindgren and McNiven.

So all in all, barring whatever moves we make, we don't have a lot to lose (for better or for worse). Even if we protect our 3 UFA forwards, the worst case scenario is that we lose Armia, Hudon, Evans, or Byron up front or one of an aging Weber or Fleury on D. If Lindgren does pan out, then he's probably the guy with the greatest value that we'd stand to lose, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Habs just trade him beforehand if he's really that valuable by then.

 

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Who I would Protect:

Forwards

Kotkaniemi, Drouin, Domi, Lehkonen, (all no brainers) Gallagher, Tatar, and it would be whoever is playing better at the time Evans or Hudon.

Defense

Mete, Juulsen, Fleury My thinking on this is basically this Weber likely won't get taken at 36 and 4 years remaining, leave Petry to resign after the ED if he is still here at that time. If by some miricale we have a #1 LHD I would protect him over Mete. RHD are much harder to replace especially young talented ones like Juulsen and Fleury. 

Goalie

Price, if he is still playing above average. If not McNiven assuming Lindgren is being moved between now and then.

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 There's some players that are already protected from the 2021 expansion draft thanks to their no movement clauses. 

Of course like Marc-Andre Fleury did with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a player can waive his no movement clause to make himself eligible however it's usually pretty rare. 

As of right now 34 players are automatically protected and the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins lead the way with 4 protected players each. Carey Price will automatically be protected for the Habs' and as of right now is the only player, if Seattle would have jumped into the league in 2020 instead, Jeff Petry would have also been protected. 

More contracts will be signed between now and 2021 which will likely feature no movement clauses, but for now let's take a look at who's not automatically protected. 

Arizona - Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Boston - Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand
Carolina - Jordan Staal
Chicago Blackhawks - Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook
Colorado - Erik Johnson
Dallas - Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, Ben Bishop
Detroit - Frans Nielson
Edmonton - Milan Lucic
Florida - Keith Yandle, Jonathan Huberdeau
Los Angeles - Drew Doughty
Minnesota - Zach Parise, Ryan Suter
Montreal - Carey Price
New York Rangers - Mika Zibanejad
Philadelphia - Claude Giroux
Pittsburgh - Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang
San Jose - Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Tampa Bay - Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman
Toronto - John Tavares
Winnipeg - Blake Wheeler

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 The increased expansion fee means more “moving money” for players selected by Seattle in 2021. Those selected by Vegas received approximately $16,000 to relocate their families. Future “Krakens” get $20,000.

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4 hours ago, kinot-2 said:

 The increased expansion fee means more “moving money” for players selected by Seattle in 2021. Those selected by Vegas received approximately $16,000 to relocate their families. Future “Krakens” get $20,000.

Kind of silly when you figure these guys are all making a zillion dollars.   I mean sure if you're making 50k a year, you deserve a moving bonus from your employer but when your salary is probably upwards of a few million dollars?  

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10 hours ago, maas_art said:

Kind of silly when you figure these guys are all making a zillion dollars.   I mean sure if you're making 50k a year, you deserve a moving bonus from your employer but when your salary is probably upwards of a few million dollars?  

I had to move for work once. The company paid my moving expenses nothing extra, and I don't "quite" make a million a year! :4322:

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4 hours ago, CaptWelly said:

I had to move for work once. The company paid my moving expenses nothing extra, and I don't "quite" make a million a year! :4322:

Exactly. I mean it is what it is but it seems pretty silly. Its like when the league fines a guy $5k - seems sort of pointless. 

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