With Price exposed in Wednesday’s draft, the Canadiens would be able to protect backup goalie Jake Allen.
The 30 teams in the expansion draft can protect seven forwards, three defenders and a goalie; or they can protect eight skaters and a goalie. All freshmen and sophomores in the NHL, as well as all unsigned draft picks, are exempt from the Extension Draft and will not count towards a team’s protection total.
According to TSN, Montreal believes Price’s contract would have a chilling effect on Seattle. He has five years left on an eight-year, $ 84 million contract and is due to receive an $ 11 million signing bonus in September.
The NHL took a break on Saturday after a busy day of league-wide deals that helped teams solidify their rosters and make decisions on which players would be exposed in Seattle ahead of the expansion draft Wednesday.
The teams submitted their lists of protected players to the league on Saturday, and those who are protected – or more importantly unprotected – will be released early Sunday. From there, it’s going to be a whirlwind of decisions, phone calls, and possibly a few side deals that eventually make up the Kraken roster that will be announced.
Ron Francis, who was hired two years ago on Sunday as the Kraken’s first general manager, said his staff have reviewed hundreds of fictitious drafts over the past 18 months for decisions that will be made this year. week. Seattle has certain minimums it must meet in the expansion draft, including selecting at least 20 players on contract for next season with salaries totaling at least $ 48 million.
But one of Seattle’s biggest advantages in the project is its salary cap space.
“The only thing that we think is extremely, extremely valuable in this environment is the ceiling space,” Francis said. “We have $ 81.5 million of ceiling space to play with, it’s definitely something that we want to make sure we try to take advantage of moving forward. “
Price, 33, was 12-7-5 with a 2.64 goals-against average in 25 regular-season games while leading Montreal to its first Stanley Cup final since 1993. He also started all 22 playoff games, recording a 2.28 record. GAA and saving percentage of .924.
Allen, 30, signed with the Canadiens last offseason and was 11-12-5 with a 2.68 GAA and .907 save percentage.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.