Saturday at 3pm ET, the NHL will go into a transaction freeze and by 5pm teams must submit their protection lists for the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft. This means today is the last day to trade players, sign contracts, and conduct buyouts until next Thursday (July 22nd) after Seattle’s team is announced on Wednesday night.
Let’s have a look at all the news involving the Tampa Bay Lightning and all the other 30 teams trying to figure out their protection lists.
What are the Bolts doing
The Tampa Bay Lightning have not asked Steven Stamkos to waive his no-move clause ahead of the draft. I never thought for a second they were ever going to do that. He’s too important a part of the team and losing him over someone else who’s likely to get exposed would be silly. [NHL dot com]
“But it’s probably going to be impossible for 30 deals to be cut here. I’d like to cut a deal with Seattle, but we may not be able to. At the end of the day, the way it’s set up process-wise is that we’ll submit a list, and it’s very possible that Seattle will just claim a player, and we’re going to move on with the rest of our reserve list.’’ — Julien BriseBois
Trades, Buyouts, Waives
The Colorado Avalanche traded their fourth defenseman, Ryan Graves, to New Jersey for a second round pick and a contract.
TRADE ALERT— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 16, 2021
We have acquired defenseman Ryan Graves from Colorado in exchange for forward Mikhail Maltsev and our second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. pic.twitter.com/GiVocf6b3g
Ben Bishop asked the Dallas Stars to expose him in the Expansion Draft as it appears he wants to go be Seattle’s first starting goalie ala Marc-Andre Fleury. Bishop didn’t play this season due to an injury, but had a .920 sv% last year.
The Florida Panthers have bought out Keith Yandle. The team originally wanted to scratch the defenseman, but outrage from Hockey Men for ruining Yandle’s iron man streak stopped that. It sounds like the Panthers are tired of Yandle and just wanted to get rid of him (“fresh start”).
Hearing FLA will be buying out Keith Yandle. With a NMC, he does not need to be put on waivers. Fresh start for player and team.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 15, 2021
The Panthers also signed Anthony Duclair to a three-year contract worth $9 million. [NHL dot com]
“Anthony brought great speed and skill to our club this season,” said Zito. “We look forward to seeing him continue to be a creative playmaker for us on the ice and a valuable member of our community. We are thrilled to have him as a part of the Panthers family for years to come.”
Former Chicago player Brent Sopel, a victim of Brad Aldridge, is revealing the many failures by the Chicago front office and hockey culture in general, and probably why many of them shouldn’t be employed in the NHL any more. If you don’t know the full story of covering up Aldridge’s sexual assaults, giving him good recommendations so he could continue those heinous acts on other men, including teenagers, the article is linked in the tweet.
This is one of the most self-aware quotes from a hockey player I've seen: pic.twitter.com/Sscjck2HJD— Rachel Reid ❤️ (@akaRachelReid) July 14, 2021
The Montreal Canadiens are planning to lose their first line center. Phillip Danault doesn’t bring offense, but he’s one of the better defensive centers in the world. He’s said in the past that he wants to stay the 1C and not be overtaken by Nick Suzuki — hence him looking elsewhere — but I don’t think that’s the best place for him. If he was the second or third line center on a contending team, they would go really far. He just doesn’t have the offense to be on a top line and produce the way most teams do it.
According to Pierre LeBrun, #Habs are likely to let Phil Danault walk into free agency, without closing the door for him to come back after having heard from other teams.— Habs Chronicle (@HabsChronicle) July 15, 2021
The Colorado Avalanche are letting their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, slip from their fingers. [Mile High Hockey]
“I can’t help but be honest with you that I’m a little bit disappointed that it’s gotten this far, and it’s had to come to this point,” Landeskog told The Athletic. “We’ll see what happens. I’m still hopeful that we can agree on something and come to terms, but if it was up to me, I would have liked it to be done eight months ago, 10 months ago.”
Told the #GoAvsGo have made three formal offers to Gabriel Landeskog since the end of last season (19-20). 4, 5, and 8 year offers with the last offer coming in just above the 8 yr. $41 ($5.125) contract given to Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The 4 and 5 yr offers came in higher.— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 15, 2021
The Carolina Hurricanes are trying to pinch pennies in every direction and it’s causing their summer to be very loud and busy. I would give Dougie Hamilton $8 million, but that’s just me.
Team is also leaning towards protecting/keeping Warren Foegele. Trying to work out a multi-year deal.— Adam Gold (@AGoldFan) July 15, 2021
Negotiations with Alex Nedeljkovic are kind of slow. Sides are between $2-$3 million apart per year. Petr Mrazek remains an option.
Looks like Taylor Hall is going back to the team where things finally started to go right, the Boston Bruins.
Hearing Taylor Hall return to #NHLBruins is moving in that direction.— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 15, 2021
The Maple Leafs have given teams permission to talk to Zach Hyman as many want to sign the winger for eight years at a considerable cap hit. Good luck with that.
Considerable interest in Hyman league wide. Some teams hoping to get the jump early, some need to wait until after expansion draft...cap teams willing to move pieces. Leafs control process until the 28th, but trade allows Hyman the potential of a maximum 8 year deal elsewhere. https://t.co/G7pJqILA3B— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 15, 2021
The Washington Capitals have already released their preseason schedule. Expect next year’s calendar to come out soon.