Morning Free Association: Seattle Expansion: the Time is Nigh

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Tonight is the Seattle Expansion Draft in which Seattle will get to take a player from each of the 30 other teams participating (Vegas is exempt). By now, we know who the Bruins have protected but how about other teams? There are some surprising big names or at least very well known names that have been left unprotected by their current teams. Let’s explore some of them.

If you need a primer on the rules for Seattle here it is.

Some of those unprotected players are UFAs. The rules for obtaining one of those players are as follows:

The Kraken also have an exclusive window from July 18-21 to interview and potentially sign pending free agents who were left unprotected in the expansion draft. If they sign a player in that window it counts as their pick from that players’ former team.

Any player signed to the Kraken during that window can also be signed for 8 years.

That window is closed and we’ll soon find out if they successfully signed someone. Some sports writers predict that the Kraken would select Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog is one of the biggest names on the board. He and the Avs couldn’t come to an agreement on an extension in time. The benefit of selecting him is leadership: at just 28 years old, he’s been captain in Colorado for 9 seasons. He still has some gas left in the tank.

While under contract, another surprising player is Carey Price. He waived his NMC for the purpose of this draft. Whether he did it because he wouldn’t mind a change in scenery or he wants to be closer to home (he’s from BC) who can say. It might just be that he wanted to make sure the Habs could protect another goalie, his backup Jake Allen.

Braden Holtby, Frederik Andersen, and Chris Driedger are all other goalies that could be taken in this draft. I know that Florida had to protect Sergei Bobrovsky due to an NMC but to lose their crucial backup who took over for a slumping Bob seems like it’s an insult.

One of the funniest things about this draft is that former Bruin Colin Miller could be the player that gets selected in both recent expansion drafts. He’s been left unprotected by Buffalo.

In their latest mock draft, The Athletic has predicted that Jakub Zboril will likely be selected by the Kraken. Um, what? Apparently new assistant coach Jay Leach really loved coaching Zboril in Providence and he could be the piece that makes the young defenseman work.

We’ll see what happens tonight at 8pm.

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Yay!

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Morning all. My brain changed “the time is nigh” to “the tide is high” and now it’s stuck in my head and I am more than okay with that.

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I’m movin’ on

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The time has come!

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And I’m fine with this stuck in my head as well!

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What a tune!

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I was thinking that if Kevan Miller had not retired and was left unprotected…… Maybe?

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Morning,

Will be interesting to see what line-up the Kralen end up with, and whether theyll be immediate cup contenders. Maybe that was a one-off with Vegas. The bookies wont be taking any chances though. Certainly some interesting players on the table.

Big storm last night has freshened it up a bit . Still hot but in the shade it’s less humid and uncomfortable.

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We are having big storms constantly!! Averages going out the window.

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Had some thunderstorms last night as well. Still a little humid today.

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It feels like there are bigger players on the block this time compared to last time. Price would be a gamble – the contract is onerous for a player who is on the age/injury trajectory – but he’s a pretty choice goaltender to start with. But a deeper pool of skaters to choose from, I think.

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What has happened to Holtby? In my mind he used to be amazing, but perhaps he was one of those who could only turn it on against the Bruins!

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Good morning!
Expand, Seattle, expand! Take Jakub Zboril, please! I think Zboril will be a good NHL defenseman one day, but it doesn’t look like it will happen soon.
Here’s a link to protected and unprotected players.
Almost ready to paint downstairs. Also, our penultimate week in CT. I’m heading there tomorrow evening. Time to pack whatever I want to keep and drag it north. Joy. It will be joy when it’s over(someday).

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I’d rather the Kraken take Nick Ritchie (Brett is unprotected, too)… Get Ritch fast!