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Comprehensive guide to the 2021 Seattle expansion draft

Comprehensive guide to the 2021 Seattle expansion draft

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395735

When

  • Wednesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET

Where

  • Gas Works Park, Seattle, Washington

How to watch

  • Sportsnet and SN Now (Canada)
  • ESPN2 (United States)

The rules

  • Same rules as Vegas Golden Knights had during the 2017 expansion draft.
  • Kraken will select one player from each team, minus the Golden Knights, who are exempt.
  • Side deals are allowed.
  • Kraken must select a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies.
  • 20 of the 30 players Seattle selects must be under contract for the 2021-22 campaign.
  • Kraken's roster must be between 60% and 100% of the NHL's $81.5-million salary cap.
  • Teams were permitted to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie OR eight skaters and one goalie. Click here to view all 30 protection lists.
  • Any player with a no-movement clause must be protected unless the player waives it.
  • Each team must expose two forwards, one defenseman, and one goalie who are under contract and played at least 40 games this past season or 70 combined games over the last two seasons.
  • All first- and second-year players, as well as unsigned draft picks, are exempt from selection.
  • Any player with a career-ending injury is exempt from selection.

Notable players available (non-UFAs)

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Report: Kaprizov has contract offer from KHL's CSKA Moscow

Report: Kaprizov has contract offer from KHL's CSKA Moscow

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395690

Minnesota Wild sensation and restricted free agent Kirill Kaprizov has received a contract offer from CSKA Moscow of the KHL, sources told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

The Wild are aware of the situation and still believe they will retain the reigning rookie of the year with two months until NHL training camps open, LeBrun notes.

Minnesota general manager Bill Guerin refuted speculation earlier in July that talks between the club and Kaprizov had stalled.

Kaprisov and the Wild reportedly disagree on the length of a potential deal. Minnesota offered Kaprizov an eight-year contract, but he prefers a three-year pact, according to LeBrun.

The Wild drafted Kaprizov 135th overall in 2015. He spent five seasons in the KHL - including three with CSKA Moscow - before venturing to North America. He notched 51 points in 55 games during his electric NHL debut to help Minnesota secure a playoff spot.

The Wild have over $26 million in offseason cap space to lock in a new deal for Kaprizov, according to CapFriendly. But Minnesota's financial situation gets tighter after next season: The recent buyouts of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise will count for over $12.7 million in dead cap space in 2022-23 and more than $14.7 million from 2023-25.

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Report: Habs, Jets among teams interested in Sabres' Ristolainen

Report: Habs, Jets among teams interested in Sabres' Ristolainen

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395685

There are numerous teams interested in trading for Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.

The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets are two of the clubs who have inquired about making a deal for the blue-liner, reports The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Ristolainen, 26, has one year remaining on his contract with a cap hit of $5.4 million. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2021-22 campaign. He scored four goals and added 14 assists in 49 games last season.

The Canadiens are expected to have a big void to fill on their blue line, with captain Shea Weber reportedly in danger of missing the entire upcoming season due to lingering injuries.

The Jets are looking to upgrade their defensive core after the team struggled in its own zone last campaign. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said this week that he's looking to add defensemen through trades or free agency, according to NHL.com's Tim Campbell.

Winnipeg is in danger of losing defenseman Dylan DeMelo to the Seattle Kraken in Wednesday's expansion draft. The 28-year-old played in the Jets' top four last season, averaging 16:58 of ice time per game.

The Sabres selected Ristolainen with the eighth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He has 46 goals and 199 assists in 542 career games.

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Surgeon: Tarasenko's shoulder '100% ready' for next season

Surgeon: Tarasenko's shoulder '100% ready' for next season

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395647

The doctor who performed Vladimir Tarasenko's most recent surgery is certain that shoulder issues won't hold the disgruntled St. Louis Blues sniper back next season.

"Vlad's shoulder is very stable and strong," Dr. Peter Millett told The Athletic's Jeremy Rutherford. "He told me it is more stable and stronger than it has felt in a long while. To me, it feels rock solid. There is no doubt Vlad will be 100% ready for the upcoming season. I am confident he will be ready to play and that he will make a big impact for his team."

Tarasenko, 29, recently requested a trade out of St. Louis, where he's spent his entire nine-year NHL career. He's reportedly upset by the Blues' handling of his first two shoulder operations and no longer trusts the organization. Team physicians oversaw Tarasenko's surgeries in 2018 and 2019, but he chose Millett to repair ligament damage in 2020.

The Blues left Tarasenko exposed for Wednesday's Seattle Kraken expansion draft. The NHL's 32nd franchise could select the star winger to play in its top six or flip him to another team for assets.

Tarasenko has only played 34 regular-season games over the past two years. He was one of the league's top scorers before being hampered by injuries, eclipsing the 30-goal mark in five consecutive seasons from 2014-19.

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OHL will require all personnel to be vaccinated

OHL will require all personnel to be vaccinated

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395604

Everyone working in the OHL will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 campaign, the league announced Tuesday.

"The Ontario Hockey League requires that all OHL community members be vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with the remainder of this policy at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the 2021-2022 season," the league said in a statement.

The new rule applies to all players, as well as others who'll be at training camp, practices, and games. This includes coaches, officials, trainers, staff members, volunteers, and billet families.

Anyone ineligible for the vaccines due to age won't be required to be inoculated. Those who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons or lack of availability will be accommodated, but documentation is required.

A player who fails to comply may be removed from their club's roster through the end of the pandemic or until the virus is no longer a concern. Team or league employees who fail to adhere to the guidelines can be placed on unpaid leave for the same length of time.

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OHL will require all personnel to vaccinate next season

OHL will require all personnel to vaccinate next season

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395594

Everyone working in the OHL will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021-22 campaign, the league announced Tuesday.

"The Ontario Hockey League requires that all OHL community members be vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with the remainder of this policy at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the 2021-2022 season," the league said in a statement.

The new rule applies to all players, as well as others who'll be at training camp, practices, and games. This includes coaches, officials, trainers, staff members, volunteers, and billet families.

Anyone ineligible for the vaccines due to age won't be required to inoculate. Those who can't be vaccinated for medical reasons or lack of availability will be accommodated, but documentation is required.

A player who fails to comply may be removed from their club's roster through the end of the pandemic or until the virus is no longer a concern. Team or league employees who fail to adhere to the guidelines can be placed on unpaid leave for the same length of time.

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Report: Danault likely to move on from Canadiens

Report: Danault likely to move on from Canadiens

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395446

Phillip Danault appears to be on the verge of leaving the Montreal Canadiens.

It's highly unlikely the pending unrestricted free agent returns to the team, reports Sportsnet's Eric Engels.

Danault is one of the NHL's best defensive forwards. The 28-year-old, who finished sixth in voting for the Selke Trophy this past season, helped the Canadiens make an unexpected run to the Stanley Cup Final.

He posted a stellar 57.56 expected goals for percentage while collecting five goals and 19 assists over 53 regular-season games for Montreal. Danault ranked third among the club's forwards in average ice time at 16:52 before leading the group in the playoffs with 18:56.

Danault has played the last five full campaigns with the Canadiens, who acquired him in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks in February 2016. The Quebec-born center played 32 games with the latter squad over his first two seasons prior to the deal. The Blackhawks selected him 26th overall in 2011.

The Canadiens may have significant turnover next season following their improbable run to the championship round. Team captain Shea Weber could reportedly miss 2021-22 due to several injuries, while goaltender Carey Price has reported health concerns of his own and could be selected by the Seattle Kraken in Wednesday's expansion draft.

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Mock Expansion Draft: Predicting the Kraken's selections

Mock Expansion Draft: Predicting the Kraken's selections

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395441

Now that protected lists have been made public ahead of Wednesday's NHL expansion draft, it's time to predict the Seattle Kraken's 30 selections.

Plenty of stars are up for grabs, but this isn't solely a best-player-available exercise. We expect to hear a few household names, though numerous factors may persuade Seattle to select some lesser-known talents. After all, the front office is building a sustainable franchise, not a one-season wonder.

The Kraken need to select at least 20 players who are under contract for the 2021-22 season. They'll also need a cumulative salary-cap hit between $48.9 million and $81.5 million, or between 60% and 100% of the upper limit. Seattle must also pick at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies.

Lastly, the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from the selection process after going through their own expansion draft only four years ago.

With that in mind, here's who we see Seattle taking later this week.

* Denotes pending unrestricted free agent

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Anaheim Ducks

Notable players exposed: F Ryan Getzlaf*, F Derek Grant, F Danton Heinen, F Adam Henrique, F Sonny Milano, F Alexander Volkov, D Haydn Fleury, D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Anthony Stolarz

Prediction: Volkov. The Kraken will presumably give Shattenkirk a long look, but Volkov, a 23-year-old potential bottom-six winger, is a better monetary fit. He's set to earn just $925,000 in 2021-22, which is exactly the price tag Seattle needs to offset some of the heftier contracts the club will be inheriting.

Arizona Coyotes

Notable players exposed: F Derick Brassard*, F Michael Bunting*, F Christian Fischer, F Tyler Pitlick, D Jason Demers*, D Alex Goligoski*, D Niklas Hjalmarsson*, D Ilya Lyubushkin, D Jordan Oesterle*, G Antti Raanta*

Prediction: Fischer. Seattle could realistically tap Pitlick, or take a flier on Bunting, a pending unrestricted free agent. But Fischer is a perfectly justifiable pick. He has a big body with scoring touch, and there's one season remaining on his two-year, $2-million deal. The 24-year-old should find a spot on the fourth line.

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Boston Bruins

Notable players exposed: F Taylor Hall*, F Ondrej Kase, F David Krejci*, F Sean Kuraly*, F Nick Ritchie, D Connor Clifton, D Mike Reilly*, G Jaroslav Halak*, G Tuukka Rask*

Prediction: Ritchie. With Hall, Krejci, Reilly, Halak, and Rask all pending UFAs, Ritchie is the surest bet. Kase is enticing, but his injury history should scare off Seattle. Clifton is a possibility, too. But Ritchie's combination of size (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) and scoring (15 goals over 56 games in 2020-21) is too hard to pass up.

Buffalo Sabres

Notable players exposed: F Cody Eakin, F Zemgus Girgensons, F Kyle Okposo, F Tobias Rieder*, F Riley Sheahan*, F Jeff Skinner, D William Borgen, D Jake McCabe, D Colin Miller, G Carter Hutton*

Prediction: Borgen. Despite his horrible 2020-21 season, Skinner is probably the most talented player available, but he's way too expensive. McCabe would be a tremendous piece for the Kraken, but he comes with risk as a UFA. Borgen, on the other hand, offers upside. He's the smartest pick here.

Calgary Flames

Notable players exposed: F Josh Leivo*, F Milan Lucic, F Derek Ryan*, D Mark Giordano, D Oliver Kylington, D Nikita Nesterov*

Prediction: Giordano. The 2019 Norris Trophy winner may turn 38 in October, but he's still a hell of a player. He would slot in on the first defensive pairing and could also man the point on a power-play unit. Plus, if he doesn't work out in Seattle, Giordano can be flipped at the trade deadline. There's one season left on a deal that pays him $6.75 million per year.

Carolina Hurricanes

Notable players exposed: F Morgan Geekie, F Steven Lorentz, F Jordan Martinook*, F Brock McGinn*, F Nino Niederreiter, F Cedric Paquette*, D Jake Bean, D Jake Gardiner, D Dougie Hamilton*, G Petr Mrazek*, G James Reimer*

Prediction: Bean. There's untapped potential in the 23-year-old restricted free agent who has been stuck behind some really strong defensemen in Carolina. There's an interesting Seattle connection too, as Kraken GM Ron Francis selected Bean 13th overall in 2016 while running the Canes. This situation screams reunion.

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Chicago Blackhawks

Notable players exposed: F Ryan Carpenter, F Brett Connolly, F Adam Gaudette, F Vinnie Hinostroza*, D Calvin de Haan, D Nikita Zadorov, G Collin Delia, G Malcolm Subban

Prediction: Zadorov. As a 6-foot-6, 236-pound defenseman who can skate, "Big Z" is somewhat of an NHL unicorn, making him the obvious choice from Chicago's list. As a bonus, the RFA D-man can play both the left and right sides.

Colorado Avalanche

Notable players exposed: F Pierre-Edouard Bellemare*, F J.T. Compher, F Joonas Donskoi, F Gabriel Landeskog*, F Brandon Saad*, F Carl Soderberg*, D Erik Johnson, G Devan Dubnyk*

Prediction: Donskoi. While Landeskog is a tantalizing option as a pending UFA, it feels like the Avalanche captain will eventually re-sign with Colorado. So, with that in mind and Saad heading for free agency, the decision is really between Donskoi or Compher. And Donskoi, who could play in Seattle's top-nine and help out the power play, is simply more desirable than Compher.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Notable players exposed: F Max Domi, F Mikhail Grigorenko, F Ryan MacInnis*, F Kevin Stenlund, D Gabriel Carlsson, D Michael Del Zotto*, D Scott Harrington, D Dean Kukan

Prediction: Domi. He's the no-brainer pick after proving he can be a point-producing top-six NHL forward. Domi is also in need of a scenery change, and he's by far the best option from Columbus' list. He's just 26 years old, too, but the Kraken would be his fourth team.

Dallas Stars

Notable players exposed: F Nicholas Caamano, F Andrew Cogliano*, F Blake Comeau, F Justin Dowling*, D Joel Hanley, D Jamie Oleksiak*, D Mark Pysyk*, D Andrej Sekera, D Sami Vatanen*, G Ben Bishop

Prediction: Hanley. It's not the sexiest pick, but Oleksiak would be risky as a UFA. Same goes for Bishop, who's 35 in November and isn't fully healthy. Hanley is a journeyman blue-liner who seems to have finally hit his stride at the NHL level. He could be a sixth or seventh defenseman for Seattle.

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Detroit Red Wings

Notable players exposed: F Valtteri Filppula*, F Sam Gagner*, F Luke Glendening*, F Vladislav Namestnikov, F Frans Nielsen, F Bobby Ryan*, F Evgeny Svechnikov, D Christian Djoos, D Joe Hicketts*, D Marc Staal*, D Troy Stecher, G Jonathan Bernier*

Prediction: Stecher. Though Namestnikov could give the Kraken reliable forward depth, Stecher gets the edge as a defensively responsible right-handed blue-liner with one year left on a deal paying him $1.7 million. He also recently produced a strong showing at the men's world championship.

Edmonton Oilers

Notable players exposed: F Tyler Benson, F Alex Chiasson*, F Tyler Ennis*, F Dominik Kahun, F Jujhar Khaira, F James Neal, F Devin Shore, F Kyle Turris, D Tyson Barrie*, D Oscar Klefbom, D Slater Koekkoek*, D Dmitry Kulikov*, D Adam Larsson*, D Kris Russell, G Mikko Koskinen, G Mike Smith*

Prediction: Benson. It's slim pickings out of Edmonton after Benson played overseas during the 2020-21 season, and he's appeared in only seven career NHL games. But the 23-year-old winger has developed a nose for the net, which should be attractive to Seattle. It's potentially a low-risk, high-reward bet.

Florida Panthers

Notable players exposed: F Noel Acciari, F Ryan Lomberg, F Frank Vatrano, F Lucas Wallmark, F Alex Wennberg*, D Radko Gudas, D Brandon Montour*, D Markus Nutivaara, D Anton Stralman, G Chris Driedger*

Prediction: Driedger. There's a case to be made for scooping up Nutivaraa to help out on the Kraken's back end. However, Driedger is a fairly obvious pick. The 27-year-old UFA followed up a .938 save percentage over 12 games in 2019-20 with an impressive .927 save percentage over 23 games this past season.

Los Angeles Kings

Notable players exposed: F Andreas Athanasiou, F Martin Frk, F Carl Grundstrom, F Blake Lizotte, F Austin Wagner, D Kale Clague, D Olli Maatta, G Jonathan Quick

Prediction: Clague. It's a tossup between Wagner and Clague, two players in their early 20s trying to make a name for themselves. Wagner's calling card is breakneck speed, which the Kraken may find persuasive. Yet Clague's ceiling as a potential top-four defenseman is even more attractive.

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Minnesota Wild

Notable players exposed: F Nick Bjugstad, F Nick Bonino*, F Marcus Johansson*, F Victor Rask, D Ian Cole*, D Carson Soucy, G Kaapo Kahkonen

Prediction: Soucy. This is an easy decision, as Seattle can pencil in Soucy on the left side of its second (or third) defensive pairing. There are two years left on his deal at $2.75 million annually.

Montreal Canadiens

Notable players exposed: F Paul Byron, F Phillip Danault*, F Jonathan Drouin, F Corey Perry*, F Eric Staal*, F Tomas Tatar*, D Erik Gustafsson*, D Brett Kulak, D Jon Merrill*, D Shea Weber, G Carey Price

Prediction: Drouin. This would be a different conversation if Price weren't injured, and not attached to a bloated contract. The Kraken would be praying a change of scenery can do Drouin some good after he was the third overall pick in 2013. Taking him would merely be a shot in the dark. Montreal isn't providing many options, as the team's list also features an injured and expensive Shea Weber.

Nashville Predators

Notable players exposed: F Nick Cousins, F Matt Duchene, F Mikael Granlund*, F Rocco Grimaldi, F Erik Haula*, F Calle Jarnkrok, F Ryan Johansen, F Colton Sissons, D Matt Benning, D Mark Borowiecki

Prediction: Jarnkrok. The Predators surprisingly protected Tanner Jeannot over Jarnkrok, and they'll regret that decision. Jarnkrok tied for the team lead with 13 goals in 2020-21, and he's on a team-friendly $2-million contract through next season. He's a better option than either Duchene or Johansen, both of whom don't justify their $8-million cap hits.

New Jersey Devils

Notable players exposed: F Nathan Bastian, F Andreas Johnsson, D Will Butcher, D Connor Carrick*, D Ryan Murray*, D P.K. Subban

Prediction: Johnsson. Yes, Subban is available, but his decline as a marquee NHL defenseman has been steep, and the Kraken don't need the veteran's $9 million on the books, even if it's only for 2021-22. Johnsson, meanwhile, is a tenacious winger, and Seattle head coach Dave Hakstol knows him well from their time together in Toronto. He jumps off the page as a breakout candidate.

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New York Islanders

Notable players exposed: F Josh Bailey, F Kieffer Bellows, F Casey Cizikas*, F Michael Dal Colle, F Jordan Eberle, F Ross Johnston, F Leo Komarov, F Kyle Palmieri*, F Richard Panik, F Travis Zajac*, D Sebastian Aho, D Braydon Coburn*, D Andy Greene, G Ken Appleby

Prediction: Bellows. There are more proven players available from the Islanders, and Bellows' cap hit is to be determined as an RFA. But the forward will surely be more affordable than Eberle, Bailey, and Co. Bellows is still only 23, and he was on pace to score 35 goals over 82 games in the AHL in 2019-20. The 2016 first-rounder could blossom in Seattle with a larger role.

New York Rangers

Notable players exposed: F Colin Blackwell, F Julien Gauthier, F Barclay Goodrow*, D Tony DeAngelo, D Brendan Smith*, G Keith Kinkaid

Prediction: Blackwell. The Rangers get lucky here because they wouldn't lose an impact player. The 28-year-old is the most appealing New York player available, largely because Blackwell showed last season he could be the third wheel on a line that Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome led. He's also under contract for next season at $725,000, which means Blackwell comes with little to no risk and decent upside.

Ottawa Senators

Notable players exposed: F Vitaly Abramov, F Artem Anisimov*, F Evgenii Dadonov, F Ryan Dzingel*, F Derek Stepan*, F Chris Tierney, D Josh Brown, G Joey Daccord, G Matt Murray

Prediction: Tierney. Dadonov would be the right pick for pure short-term impact. However, the former Florida Panther is too pricey and already 32 years old. Tierney is 27, he's $1.5 million cheaper at $3.5 million on just a one-year deal, and he can easily find a spot in Seattle's middle six on opening night.

Philadelphia Flyers

Notable players exposed: F James van Riemsdyk, F Jakub Voracek, D Justin Braun, D Shayne Gostisbehere, D Robert Hagg, G Brian Elliott*

Prediction: Van Riemsdyk. Yes, the goal-scoring winger's contract could be friendlier than $7 million annually for the next two seasons. He's also aging at 32. But Van Riemsdyk is still a highly effective NHLer. His 43 points over 56 games this past season tied him for the team lead on the Flyers.

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Pittsburgh Penguins

Notable players exposed: F Zach Aston-Reese, F Mark Jankowski, F Sam Lafferty, F Evan Rodrigues*, F Colton Sceviour*, F Brandon Tanev, F Jason Zucker, D Marcus Pettersson, G Casey DeSmith

Prediction: Aston-Reese. The 26-year-old RFA forward isn't going to put up large point totals, but he'll shut the other team down. Aston-Reese's defensive metrics are off the charts, surely making him a favorite of the Kraken's analytics department. Tanev and Zucker could also be considered.

San Jose Sharks

Notable players exposed: F Ryan Donato, F Kurtis Gabriel*, F Dylan Gambrell, F Patrick Marleau*, F Matt Nieto, F Marcus Sorensen*, D Radim Simek, G Martin Jones

Prediction: Donato. The Sharks' list is arguably the league's leanest. However, Donato could become a useful depth piece for the Kraken. The 25-year-old is a pending RFA, but he shouldn't command much more than $1 million per season, even with arbitration rights.

St. Louis Blues

Notable players exposed: F Sammy Blais, F Tyler Bozak*, F Kyle Clifford, F Mike Hoffman*, F Zach Sanford, F Jaden Schwartz*, F Vladimir Tarasenko, D Robert Bortuzzo, D Vince Dunn, D Marco Scandella, G Ville Husso

Prediction: Tarasenko. The Kraken can make a splash here, and they absolutely should. Sure, there are injury concerns following the disgruntled sniper's multiple shoulder surgeries. But if he's healthy next season, Tarasenko could thrive when given a fresh start. Imagine Seattle boasting a 40-goal scorer. And if Tarasenko doesn't mesh for some reason, his contract expires after Year 2.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Notable players exposed: F Alex Barre-Boulet, F Blake Coleman*, F Ross Colton, F Yanni Gourde, F Tyler Johnson, F Mathieu Joseph, F Alex Killorn, F Pat Maroon, F Ondrej Palat, F Mitchell Stephens, D Cal Foote, D Jan Rutta, D David Savard*, D Luke Schenn*, G Curtis McElhinney*

Prediction: Gourde. Seattle could justify picking Barre-Boulet, Colton, Johnson, Joseph, Killorn, Palat, or Foote, but Gourde is the big prize. He might really pop in a new setting after being buried on a stacked Lightning squad for years, perhaps nabbing the Kraken's second-line center role. The forward is younger than Palat, Killorn, and Johnson, who all hold comparable cap hits, and Gourde is locked in for longer at $5.2 million over the next four years. Huge get.

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Toronto Maple Leafs

Notable players exposed: F Adam Brooks, F Pierre Engvall, F Nick Foligno*, F Alex Galchenyuk*, F Zach Hyman*, F Alexander Kerfoot, F Jared McCann, F Riley Nash*, F Wayne Simmonds, F Jason Spezza, F Joe Thornton*, D Zach Bogosian*, D Travis Dermott, G Frederik Andersen*

Prediction: Kerfoot. Leaving the likes of McCann and Dermott on the table certainly won't be easy, but Kerfoot checks off more boxes for the Kraken. He can play both center and wing, his contract is manageable, and Kerfoot is coming off a strong playoff performance with six points over seven games for the Leafs.

Vancouver Canucks

Notable players exposed: F Justin Bailey*, F Jay Beagle, F Travis Boyd*, F Loui Eriksson, F Jonah Gadjovich, F Matthew Highmore, F Kole Lind, F Zack MacEwen, F Antoine Roussel, F Brandon Sutter*, F Jake Virtanen, D Alex Edler*, D Travis Hamonic*, G Braden Holtby

Prediction: Holtby. The Kraken are reportedly interested in him, and while he hasn't been consistently good for some time, the fit makes too much sense. Holtby is already playing in the Pacific Northwest, and he could serve as a mentor for Seattle's other goalies. His $4.3-million cap hit isn't ideal for a third-stringer, so Holtby could be dealt later, or he could grab the No. 2 role if Seattle trades one of its other goalies. He's essentially insurance.

Washington Capitals

Notable players exposed: F Nic Dowd, F Carl Hagelin, F Garnet Hathaway, F Alex Ovechkin*, F Conor Sheary, D Zdeno Chara*, D Brenden Dillon, D Nick Jensen, D Michal Kempny, D Justin Schultz, G Vitek Vanecek

Prediction: Vanecek. The Kraken will give serious thought to choosing Dillon, a potential second-pairing defenseman. But nabbing a netminder is the wiser move. Vanecek cooled off after bursting onto the scene last season, but he's a solid backup with upside as a 25-year-old NHL sophomore.

Winnipeg Jets

Notable players exposed: F Mason Appleton, F Mathieu Perreault*, F Paul Stastny*, F Nate Thompson*, D Nathan Beaulieu, D Jordie Benn*, D Dylan DeMelo, D Derek Forbort*, D Sami Niku, D Tucker Poolman

Prediction: DeMelo. Appleton is worth a long look up front. However, DeMelo is a reliable right-shooting defenseman under contract through 2023-24 at a team-friendly $3-million cap hit. Appleton is also younger and cheaper, but DeMelo is more proven, carries more value considering his position, and he's still only 28.

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The 30-man roster includes 18 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies.

Of the 30 players, 20 are under contract for 2021-22, nine are RFAs, and one is a UFA. The cumulative cap hit for 2021-22 is roughly $70.4 million.

(Salary source: CapFriendly)

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NHL prospect Mailloux withdraws from draft after November charge

NHL prospect Mailloux withdraws from draft after November charge

21/07/2021, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 30395368

NHL prospect Logan Mailloux has removed himself from the upcoming entry draft after being charged last fall for invasion of privacy for taking an offensive photo without consent during a sexual encounter.

"Being drafted into the NHL is an honor and a privilege that no one takes lightly," Mailloux wrote Tuesday on Twitter. "The NHL draft should be one of the most exciting landmark moments in a player's career, and given the circumstances, I don't feel I have demonstrated strong enough maturity or character to earn that privilege in the 2021 draft.

"If I were to ever have the honor of being selected, I would want a fan base to be proud to welcome me to their organization. I know it will take time for society to build back the trust I have lost, and that is why I think it is best that I renounce myself from the 2021 NHL Draft and ask that no one select me this upcoming weekend.

"I feel that this would allow me the opportunity to demonstrate an adequate level of maturity and character next season with the London Knights in the OHL, and provide all the NHL teams the opportunity to reassess my character toward the 2022 NHL Draft."

The photo in question was of a woman performing a consensual sexual act, and Mailloux sent it to multiple teammates, according to The Athletic's Katie Strang and Corey Pronman.

“I do not think that Logan has understood the seriousness of his behavior,” the woman wrote in an email to The Athletic in a story published at almost the same time as Mailloux's statement. The woman said all she wanted was a "heartfelt" apology in writing because she wasn't comfortable seeing him in person, adding that he sent her a "text that was no longer than three sentences."

On Friday, Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli reported multiple NHL clubs placed Mailloux on a "Do Not Draft" list after learning the defenseman was charged in November while playing in Sweden.

Mailloux was playing for Lejon in the country's third tier at the time because the OHL postponed and ultimately canceled its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He reportedly paid a fine equivalent to $1,650 USD. The 26 NHL teams that interviewed him prior to the draft asked about the incident, according to Seravalli.

TSN's Bob McKenzie projected the 18-year-old, who was 17 in November, as a second-round pick in April.

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