Montreal Canadiensgoalie Carey Price and St. Louis Blueswinger Vladimir Tarasenko were among several star players left exposed in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft, as the NHL revealed its teams' protected lists on Sunday.
The Kraken will select one player from 30 NHL teams, as the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from the draft. The selections will be revealed beginning on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET during a 90-minute special on ESPN2.
Teams could choose to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie, or they could protect eight skaters and a goalie if they felt the need to protect a fourth defenseman -- something the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs opted to do.
Teams didn't need to protect unrestricted free agents, so players such asWashington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton were left exposed in the draft.The Kraken can select those players, but there's little upside in doing so, since they can sign with whichever club they choose starting July 28.
Among the notable names who are under contract for the 2021-22 season and were left exposed by their teams:
The full lists can be found here. Similar to the 2017 expansion draft for the Golden Knights, there might be side deals in play to ensure the Kraken don't select certain players who were left exposed. That's how Vegas ended up with mainstays such as forward Alex Tuch and defenseman Shea Theodore.
Meanwhile, the Kraken can now begin interviewing free agents who were left exposed in the expansion draft. It's expected that Florida Panthers goalie Chris Driedger, an unrestricted free agent, will be one of them. If the Kraken sign a free agent before the expansion draft, that free agent will count as the team's selected player.