Yesterday was the last day when NHL teams could make moves or sign players ahead of the upcoming Expansion Draft. In contrast with some other teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning were relatively quiet, but still made two deals before the Expansion Draft roster freeze.
As a first deal, the Lightning signed Swedish defenceman Fredrik Claesson to a one-year, two-way deal. Claesson was acquired before the Trade Deadline last spring in exchange of goaltender Magnus Chrona and played in two regular season games with the Bolts, spending most of the time on the taxi squad. With the potential departure of Luke Schenn, who’s becoming a free agent on July 28, Claesson will likely be a candidate for seventh defenseman spot on the Lightning roster.
We have signed Fredrik Claesson to a one-year, two-way contract. https://t.co/dwMyl5JWdn— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 17, 2021
The second move was inevitable, but still a painful one. The Lightning traded the negotiating rights for pending unrestricted free agent Barclay Goodrow to the New York Rangers for a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. Goodrow has won two Stanley Cups with the Lightning since being acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the 2020 Trade Deadline and was a part of the Lightning’s grind line alongside Yanni Gourde and Blake Coleman. This line played a significant role in both Lightning championships.
Winning two cups with the Lightning raised Goodrow’s free market price, which the Lightning eventually couldn’t afford to match. Reportedly some NHL teams are ready to offer Goodrow a six-year term.
Of note with #NYR acquiring pending UFA Barclay Goodrow's negotiating rights: There's chatter that some teams are prepared to offer him a six-year deal if he hits the open market on July 28. https://t.co/Wt5Gs4I8n5— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 17, 2021
Jon Cooper with some complimentary words on Barclay Goodrow after winning the Stanley Cup about a week ago.
everything you need to know about what Barclay Goodrow meant to this organization in a 14 second video: pic.twitter.com/KHK5jegcsU— chris✌ (@sonohedman) July 17, 2021
Several NHL teams had been active yesterday, trying to finalize their rosters and protection lists ahead of the Expansion Draft. The biggest deal yesterday was a three-team trade, involving the Philadelphia Flyers, the Nashville Predators and the Vegas Golden Knights. As a result the Flyers received 30-year old defenceman Ryan Ellis, the Predators got defenceman Philippe Myers and a forward Cody Glass, while the Golden Knights receive Nolan Patrick.
This deal gives the Flyers a top-pair right-handed defenceman they needed to play alongside with Ivan Provorov and also allows them to protect James van Riemsdyk, who will likely slot into Nolan Patrick’s spot on the protection list.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Jared McCann from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2023 seventh-round pick and forward Filip Hållander, who was originally drafted by the Penguins in 2018.
TRADE: We’ve acquired forward Jared McCann from Pittsburgh in exchange for forward Filip Hållander and a 2023 seventh-round selection. #LeafsForever— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 17, 2021
The San Jose Sharks and the Arizona Coyotes made a goaltender swap on Saturday. Adin Hill will likely be protected by the Sharks at the Expansion Draft, leaving Martin Jones – their starting goalie in the past season – unprotected.
The Arizona Coyotes also acquired Andrew Ladd from the New York Islanders alongside with some conditional picks in the next three drafts in exchange for future considerations. For the Islanders it was essentially a cap space deal, which will allow them to sign their restricted free agents, including Adam Pelech, Ilya Sorokin and Anthony Beauvillier, and potentially land some bigger name from open market later.
TRADE: We have acquired forward Andrew Ladd, a 2021 2nd round pick, a 2022 conditional 2nd round pick, and a 2023 conditional 3rd round pick from the New York Islanders. https://t.co/YrfSSEOp9i— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) July 17, 2021
On the same day the Stars re-signed defenceman Miro Heiskanen to a eight-year contract at $8.45 million AAV.
The New York Rangers traded forward Brett Howden, a former Lightning’s first-round selection, to the Vegas Golden Knights for defenceman Nick DeSimone and a fourth-round pick in next year’s draft.
The New York Rangers have acquired defenceman Nick DeSimone and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Brett Howden. pic.twitter.com/4Whwep7ehv— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 17, 2021
Reportedly the Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price has agreed to waive his no-trade clause for purpose of exposure in the Expansion Draft. It would allow the Canadiens to protect Jake Allen, while the team hopes that Price’s salary will scare off the Seattle Kraken from claiming him.
Hearing that Carey Price has waived his no-move for purpose of exposure in the expansion draft so that the Habs could protect Jake Allen in the expansion draft. The thought is that Seattle wouldn’t want to pick up the rest of Price’s hefty contract. But I guess we will see.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 18, 2021
According to some reports, the Los Angeles Kings also exposed their goaltender Jonathan Quick in the Expansion Draft.
The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly exposed goalie Jonathan Quick in next week's Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft.https://t.co/WfQdrE2q40— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) July 17, 2021
Another big name, which was left out of the protection list is Vladimir Tarasenko. As it was earlier reported, a 30-year forward was disappointed with how the St. Louis Blues handled with his shoulder surgeries in 2018 and 2019 and requested a trade last spring.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are leaving forward Max Domi unprotected.
Teams are putting the finishing touches on their protected lists. Hearing CBJ are planning on leaving Max Domi unprotected. I would be surprised if Seattle doesn’t claim him.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 17, 2021
The protection lists will be revealed today after being approved by the NHL.