Kraken expansion lists submitted; several prominent names leaked in advance

Aug 14, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (91) skates during warmup against the Vancouver Canucks in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Several players have waived no-move clauses to help their respective teams in the upcoming expansion draft. Last night, the biggest name of them all helped the Canadiens by waiving his.

Carey Price waived his clause for the expansion draft only. Meaning that Seattle could not pick and flip him. Montreal can now protect Jake Allen who was projected to be taken on Wednesday.

Ben Bishop in Dallas did the same a few days ago, as did Erik Johnson in Colorado.

Vladimir Tarasenko left unprotected; who else?

Late last night it was reported by Frank Seravalli that four teams were interested in trading for Vladimir Tarasenko but no deal could be reached. Apparently, he has agreed to waive his no-move clause for the Seattle Expansion as he is not being protected.

The expectation is for Ivan Barbashev to be protected with Tarasenko’s spot. St. Louis was unable to trade Vince Dunn, he is most likely going to be Seattle’s pick from the Blues roster.

Earlier yesterday, it was reported that Max Domi would not be on the Blue Jackets protected list. Other notable players that are said to be available to the Kraken are the following:

  • Jonathan Quick, Kings
  • Chris Driedger, Panthers
  • Adam Henrique, Ducks

Gabriel Landeskog also left unprotected

landeskog unprotected
Jun 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) is introduce before the game against the Vegas Golden Knights in game five of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

While not totally unexpected, pending UFA Gabriel Landeskog was left unprotected according to The Denver Post. All that gives the Kraken is an exclusivity window which they have to negotiate a deal with all unprotected free agents. It is unlikely that many of the top UFA’s like Landeskog would sign with Seattle instead of hitting the open market for maximum value.

The Capitals may also likely leave UFA Alex Ovechkin unprotected as well.

Expected big names available for the Expansion Draft

Despite a flurry of activity yesterday prior to the trade freeze, some notable names will likely be left unprotected. In Nashville, it is believed that both Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansson’s big contracts will be out there. The NJ Devils are going to expose PK Subban. Meanwhile, the Canucks will protect Thatcher Demko and leave Braden Holtby available.

At 10 AM ET today, the NHL will distribute the lists to all teams.