We are now in the thick of expansion draft season. The Suter and Parise buyouts are a clear sign that things are getting real and that the Kraken have no interest in making it easy on the NHL when it comes to the players they intend to select.
The deadline for requesting players with no movement clauses has passed and by Friday those players will have to identify if they will waive or not (giving the teams a chance to complete their buyouts).
Saturday marks the roster freeze for the NHL as well. Given that the Kraken are being difficult, it’s entirely possible more teams turn to each other in order to manage their assets. By Saturday that opportunity will be gone, and by Sunday we’ll know who is available around the league before the Wednesday announcement of the initial Kraken roster.
The Leafs have some options on how they’ll approach their expansion draft decisions. The writers of TLN have weighed in on what the Leafs will do as far as protecting players:
The Maple Leafs don’t really have five forwards that are really worth protecting in my view, especially if they don’t …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation