All teams submitted their protected lists to the Seattle Kraken at 5 PM ET. This morning, roughly after 10 AM those lists will be sent to all teams and we should know who the New York Rangers opted to protect.
Chris Drury acquireD the rights to Barclay Goodrow who will be a UFA on July 28th. He also shipped out Brett Howden; which helps explain the re-signing of Julien Gauthier. Having either Howden or Gauthier signed allowed them to meet the requirements of exposing two forwards under contract for next season if they wanted to protect either Colin Blackwell or Kevin Rooney.
However; that was probably an insurance policy prior to getting Goodrow.
Predicting the Rangers protected list
All teams must protect any player with a NMC. When it comes to free agents; they can be protected despite not having a contract. This blocks the Seattle Kraken from having an exclusive negotiating window prior to free agency on July 28th.
Projected Protected Forwards:
- Pavel Buchnevich (RFA)
- Ryan Strome
- Filip Chytil (RFA)
- Barclay Goodrow (UFA)
- Mika Zibanejad (NMC)
- Artemi Panarin (NMC)
- Chris Kreider (NMC)
Projected Protected Defensemen and Goalie:
- Jacob Trouba (NMC)
- Ryan Lindgren
- Libor Hajek (RFA)
- Alexandar Georgiev
Key Exemption list: Alexis Lafrenière, Kaapo Kakko, Vitali Kravtsov, Adam Fox, K’Andre Miller, and Igor Shesterkin.
Key Projected Exposed list: Tony DeAngelo, Anthony Bitetto, Colin Blackwell, Julian Gauthier, Kevin Rooney, and Keith Kinkaid.
Protecting Barclay Goodrow
The Rangers are already having discussions with Barclay Goodrow on a new contract per Dave Pagnotta. This is a good sign that Drury may want to keep things going with their new acquisition and get him taken care of before free agency opens.
That’s why I believe he will be protected. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported that several teams were willing to give the 28 year-old Goodrow up to six years on the open market. This does not mean that’s what he will get from the Rangers, but it indicates how his value is perceived.
I doubt the Rangers want to risk Seattle possibly driving up the price unnecessarily. Also, why make the trade for early negotiation rights if you are going to allow another team to do so? That’s why he’s on my list.
Some big names left unprotected
Several players have waived no-move clauses to help their respective teams in the upcoming expansion draft. Last night, the biggest name of them all helped the Canadiens by waiving his. Check out the stars available to Seattle here.