This frenzy did not end yesterday, however. With the protection lists only being made public this morning, no one was really sure what their team was going to do. All of these questions were answered this morning, with some of these answers potentially having seismic implications.
There were many surprise omissions from the team protection lists, but let’s start with the elephant in the room. After having been First reported by TSN’s Pierre LeBrun last night, goalkeeper for the Montreal Canadiens Prix Carey waived his lock-up clause and was not protected by the team. It’s an incredible turn after the goalie guided the team to their first Stanley Cup final since 1993 while being arguably their most valuable player.
Another Canadian team also made waves this morning. The Toronto Maple Leafs opted for a 4F-4D-1G protection system, excluding the newly acquired McCann from their protected roster. There doesn’t appear to be a side deal to protect it, because Elliotte Friedman de Sportsnet note que McCann’s acquisition simply guarantees that one of them or Alexandre Kerfoot will remain on the list in 2021-2022. There were also other big surprises from the East and Canada, like Nino Niederreiter, Max Domi, Jordan Eberle, Evgenii Dadonov, and James van Riemsdyk were all unexpectedly left unprotected by their teams.
And then there is the Vladimir Tarasenko saga in Missouri. The former St. Louis Blues superstar had asked the team for a trade earlier this offseason after a sour relationship, mostly caused by the team’s handling of his recent shoulder injuries. It was exposed by the team, which means they could use it for nothing rather than taking the best commercial offer available. He breaks with training, including protecting the Columbus Blue Jackets from the disgruntled defender Seth Jones.
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