Milan Lucic agreed to waive the no-move clause in his contract with the Calgary Flames ahead of the 2021 NHL expansion draft on July 21, Sportsnet reported on Tuesday.
The forward has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 50 games this season and 541 points (215 goals, 326 assists) in 1,008 regular season NHL games for the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Flames over 14 years. seasons.
Lucic said he verbally agreed to waive the no-move clause for the expansion draft in talks that led to his trade with a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft against the Flames of the United States. Oilers for the attacker. James Neal on July 19, 2019. He said he wanted to help this trade come to fruition and if waiving his no-move clause for the expansion project would speed up the transaction, he was ready to do so.
The 32-year-old has two more seasons on a seven-year contract.
The Flames are fifth in the seven-team Scotia North Division, 10 points behind the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens, who are tied for third place. Calgary has six games to play, starting Wednesday when it hosts Winnipeg (9:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNW, SNF, TSN3, NHL.TV).
Lucic’s decision to agree to be exposed will allow the Flames to protect a player they might not otherwise be able to before the expansion draft to store the Seattle Kraken, who will begin playing in the 2021-22 season.
The Kraken will select one player from each NHL team, with the exception of the Vegas Golden Knights, for a total of 30 players, and must select a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies, not counting any additional players who can be acquired as a result of violations of the rules of the expansion project.
Seattle must pick a minimum of 20 players under contract for the 2021-22 regular season and those whose overall expansion draft value is between 60-100% of the previous season’s upper limit for the NHL salary cap ($ 81.5 million). The Kraken cannot redeem players chosen in the expansion draft earlier than the summer following its first season.
Current NHL teams have two options to protect eligible players from the expansion draft. They can protect seven forwards, three defenders and a goalie, or eight skaters (attackers / defenders) and a goalie. Whatever the choice, exposed players must meet certain games played and certain contractual criteria, and any player who has a no-move clause must agree to waive it in order to be exposed.