What a wild and busy day in the NHL yesterday. The NHL roster freeze had passed at 3 PM ET with no movement having many believe nothing took place. Then the floodgates opened as the NHL finalized all the paperwork and the transactions came through.
At 5 PM ET, teams all submitted their protected lists and later in the evening some more news came out. That included Canadiens goaltender Carey Price waiving his no-move clause.
NHL Roundup: Carey Prices waives NMC
The Montreal Canadiens got another big save from goalie Carey Price. Reports indicate the Habs star has agreed to waive his no-move clause solely for the Expansion Draft in order to protect backup Jake Allen.
All signs were pointing to Seattle taking Allen as one of their three goalies.
The 33 year-old netminder has 5 years remaining on a deal that has a hefty $10.5 million cap hit per season. Furthermore, if the Kraken opt to take Price they will have to pay him an $11 million signing bonus with the way his contract is structured. It is unlikely he will be taken.
Flyers make biggest trade; land Ryan Ellis
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators on Saturday for fellow defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick, multiple media outlets reported.
Patrick then was flipped in a separate deal to the Vegas Golden Knights for fellow forward Cody Glass, TSN reported.
Ellis, 30, recorded 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 35 games last season. He is two seasons into an eight-year, $50 million contract.
Rangers acquire Barclay Goodrow rights
The New York Rangers got serious about reshaping their bottom six. Chris Drury has acquired the rights to center Barclay Goodrow from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a seventh round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
That wasn’t the only move they made as they traded Brett Howden to the Vegas Golden Knights for defenseman Nick DeSimone and a 4th round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
According to Chris Johnston, there’s rumors teams are willing to offer him a six year-deal if he hits the open market. This is a steep price in term, but it’s one the Rangers are very likely to pay
Vladimir Tarasenko and other stars left unprotected
Late last night it was reported by Frank Seravalli that four teams were interested in trading for Vladimir Tarasenko but no deal could be reached. Apparently, he has agreed to waive his no-move clause for the Seattle Expansion as he is not being protected.
While not totally unexpected, pending UFA Gabriel Landeskog was left unprotected according to The Denver Post. All that gives the Kraken is an exclusivity window which they have to negotiate a deal with all unprotected free agents. It is unlikely that many of the top UFA’s like Landeskog would sign with Seattle instead of hitting the open market for maximum value.
Also leaked as unprotected are the following players:
- Jonathan Quick, Kings
- Chris Driedger, Panthers
- Adam Henrique, Ducks
- Max Domi, Blue Jackets
Despite a flurry of activity yesterday prior to the trade freeze, some notable names will likely be left unprotected. In Nashville, it is believed that both Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansson’s big contracts will be out there. The NJ Devils are going to expose PK Subban. Meanwhile, the Canucks will protect Thatcher Demko and leave Braden Holtby available.
At 10 AM ET today, the NHL will distribute the lists to all teams.