Canadiens Can Go Ahead with Carey Price and Jake Allen – .

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Canadiens Can Go Ahead with Carey Price and Jake Allen – .


GM Marc Bergevin can now focus on the NHL Draft and free agents after the Seattle Kraken took defenseman Cale Fleury to the expansion draft.

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Cale Fleury will have a fun story to tell his children and grandchildren in the future about how he was selected against Carey Price in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

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There was a lot of excitement and anticipation the day before the expansion draft which officially started at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, but the names of the players selected by Seattle started leaking from hockey insiders shortly after the deadline. 10:00 a.m. for the Kraken to submit their list. in the NHL.

Shortly after TV coverage of the draft began, it was made official that the Kraken had taken Fleury, a 22-year-old defenseman who spent this season with the AHL’s Laval Rocket, and not Price, who also been left unprotected by Canadians. The 33-year-old goalie has five more seasons to finish on his eight-year, $ 84 million contract. The annual salary cap of $ 10.5 million for Price, along with injury issues and inconsistent play over the past two seasons, has caused the Kraken to go in another direction when selecting their goalkeepers.

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The three goalies chosen by the Kraken were Chris Driedger of the Florida Panthers, Vitek Vanecek of the Washington Capitals and Joey Daccord of the Ottawa Senators. Those three have hit a combined salary cap of $ 2.317 million this season.

“Anytime you see a name like Carey Price available, you have to consider it,” Seattle general manager Ron Francis said after selecting Fleury. “Sure, we did. We had a lot of discussion and at the end of the day we made the decision that we made to go in a different direction.

Fleury has played 22 games with the Rocket this season, collecting six assists and a plus-9. He played 41 games with the Canadiens during the 2019-20 season and scored one goal before being sent to Laval, where he totaled 2-3-5 in 14 games. The Canadians selected the 6-1, 213-pound in the third round (87th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. Fleury has just completed a three-year two-part contract and is a restricted free agent. His three-year contract earned him US $ 70,000 in the AHL and an annual salary cap of $ 771,666 in the NHL.

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The Kraken have also selected Fleury’s 25-year-old brother Haydn, an Anaheim Ducks defenseman.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin decided to leave Price unprotected after the goaltender agreed to waive the no-move clause of his contract for the expansion draft, protecting replacement goaltender Jake Allen instead. It was a gamble, but now both Price and Allen will stay with the Canadiens.

“Next year I want to be able to participate and do the same for (Price),” Allen said in his exit interview after the Canadiens lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final. “If he’s going to play 50, 55 games, I want to take those 30 games and play well and make sure he’s still sharp. We can see how good he is when he’s sharp and he’s in his game, he makes a difference and there aren’t a lot of goalies in the league who have that ability to make a difference.

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Price had an irregular regular season with a 12-7-5 record, 2.64 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Allen was 11-12-5 with a 2.68 GPA and 0.907 save percentage. Price found his playoff game, going 13-9 with a 2.28 GAA and .924 save percentage.

When Bergevin was asked ahead of the Stanley Cup Final about the difference between Price in the regular season and the playoffs, he replied, “I guess the expression we could use is that he’s a player. big game. He is up to the task. He does extremely well under pressure. The great moments, the Olympic Games, he was exceptional. I was part of the World Cup support team, he was exceptional. When the game is on the line… I think there has been a poll in the past (with NHL players) that if you need a big game to win, who do you want to be your goalie? goal? It’s Carey Price.

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Bergevin built his squad around Price and captain Shea Weber, who was also left unprotected for the expansion draft. Pierre LeBrun reported on Athletic’s website on Tuesday that Price had a doctor’s appointment Thursday in New York City for his knee, which may require surgery, and which will also undergo a hip exam. It has also been reported that Weber won’t be able to play next season – and possibly longer – due to thumb, ankle, foot and knee injuries. Weber still has five seasons on his 14-year-old and $ 114 million contact with an annual salary cap of $ 7.857 million. Price and Weber’s contracts will account for 23 percent of Canadians’ payroll with a fixed NHL salary cap of $ 81.5 million.

With the expansion draft over, Bergevin can now focus on this weekend’s NHL Draft, in which he has 11 picks, including the 31st overall in the first round on Friday night. Next is the NHL’s free agency, which kicks off next Wednesday with the Canadiens set to lose Phillip Danault and Tomas Tatar, freeing up money for Bergevin to make some purchases himself.

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