Price is Exposed in Kraken expansion draft waiving no-move clause

Carey Price is now left unprotected for the Kraken expansion draft after he supported the Montreal Canadiens to the final of the Stanley Cup.

If Ron Francis the GM, and his staff decide to sign one of the biggest contracts in hockey, Price could be the face of the 32nd franchise of NHL; while according to some reports he might have to have surgery on his knee.

The announcement will be on Wednesday

On Sunday morning, the protected list of all thirty teams that are eligible for the expansion draft was released by the league. Kraken will pick one player from each team, except from Golden Knights- which has gone through this process in 2017. The selections at the expansion draft will be announced on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Price left unprotected

Price said he will waive a clause in his contract to be exposed because he wants Montreal to be able to protect cheaper backup Jake Allen. But Price can be an attractive option because of his ability in goaltending, his off-ice marketability, and his connection to the Pacific Northwest even though his salary cap hits $10.5 million US for five more years.

The biggest unprotected star for Kraken to select could be Price who is the winner of the 2015 MVP and Vezina Trophy, but there are also many other talents to choose from.

Price is Exposed in Kraken expansion draft waiving no-move clause

Is Price the only talent?

Vladimir Tarasenko, the winger in St. Louis, is an option too. He is removed from raising the Stanley Cup for two years after he asked Blues to trade him. Calgary Flames made available his defenseman mark Giordano who is their captain and the winner of the Norris Trophy in 2019. And Carolina Hurricanes surprisingly exposed Nino Niederreiter, the forward.

For Seattle Kraken, Price is the most intriguing option. And possibly the location was what helped the 34-year-old to be convinced to waive his no-movement clause to be exposed. He drove few hours to play for the Tri-City Americans, and his wife is from Kennewick, Wash.

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Salary cap space is beneficial

Price could be a natural cornerstone for the Kraken to build around just because of the salary cap. Just like what happened to Marc-André Fleury when he went to Golden Knights, fresh off winning the Cup with Pittsburgh. The Montreal Canadiens lost to Lightning in five games in the final, having Price in their team.

The back-to-back champion Tampa Bay has the most available players. Ondrej Palat, the top-line winger, Alex Killorn the forward, Yanni Gourde the third-line center, and Cal Foote the defenseman are Lightning players exposed. The salary cap has made that remain flat at $81.5 million. There is also the option to have a side deal with the Seattle to take Tyler Johnson for three more seasons.

Price is Exposed in Kraken expansion draft waiving no-move clause

Seattle Kraken and the cap space

On Saturday, Francis said they consider cap space extremely valuable. He said they have got $81.5 million of cap space to play with, and they want to try to take advantage of moving forward.

Seattle Kraken must meet certain minimums in the expansion draft. To count a few, they should select at least 20 players who should be under contract for next season and their salaries should total at least $48 million. Those 20 players must include at least 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders.

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Options are not limited

In terms of available goalies other than Price, there are Ben Bishop from Dallas Stars, Chris Driedger from Panthers, and Vitek Vanecek from Washington Capitals.

Gabriel Landeskog, the captain of Colorado Avalanche, Toronto’s Alex Kerfoot and Jared McCann, Jason Zucker from Pittsburgh, and James van Riemsdyk from Philadelphia Flyers join the three most Lightning’s productive forwards available.

Blues’ Vince Dunn, New Jersey’s Subban, and Justin Schultz from Washington are some unprotected defensemen.

Francis said teams knew they were coming, and they had four years to prepare themselves.

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