There has been speculation this season ahead of Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft that Carey Price could forgo his no-move clause, either to be an option for the new NHL franchise or to use his huge cap of $ 10.5 million to protect Jake Allen from eligibility. It looks like the latter has arrived, and the Kraken will be free to select Price if they want him and his contract.
There is no word on #Habs‘final protection list, but several sources say Canadians have at least discussed the idea of Carey Price waiving his ban on movement clause for the exhibition in #SeaKraken Draft expansion in the last 24 hours.
We’ll see when the lists are released on Sunday.
– Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 17, 2021
Hear that Carey Price gave up his no-move for exhibition purposes in the expansion draft so the Habs can protect Jake Allen in the expansion draft. The idea is that Seattle wouldn’t want to take back the rest of Price’s big contract. But I guess we’ll see.
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 18, 2021
It’s definitely a gamble for Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, leaving the cornerstone of his franchise in front of a team looking to get off to a good start in their competitive window. There will be other goaltenders available, but a Hart Trophy winner and one of this year’s Stanley Cup finalists will certainly lead to at least some serious discussion in the Kraken’s front office.
We’ve seen this season how difficult it is to navigate a flat-cap world, and Seattle has a chance to build from scratch with a reduced cap in mind. Their Managing Director, Ron Francis, said it today:
#SeaKraken GM Ron Francis: “The one thing that we think is extremely, extremely valuable in this environment is the ceiling space.
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 17, 2021
Maybe this mindset will prevent them from choosing Price. We won’t know until their 30-player picklist is revealed on July 21.