With the NHL expansion draft at hand, teams around the league had the task of either protecting players on their roster or taking the risk of potentially losing them to the incoming Seattle Kraken. And when it was time for the Montreal Canadiens to protect members of a roster fresh from a Stanley Cup Final pairing, longtime goalkeeper and franchise big Carey Price was not one of them. Still, it pears that Canada’s loyalists can breathe that Price is unlikely to go anywhere.
According to a report by Elliotte Friedman from Sportsnet, Carey Price will not be among the players selected by Kraken in Wednesday’s expansion draft, despite being eligible for the NHL’s latest franchise. Price had waived a no-move clause in his contract prior to the Expansion Draft, which allowed the Canadiens to protect backup Jake Allen.
According to Geoff Baker from Seattle Times, Kraken had been exploring the possibility of adding Price for several months amid rumors that the Canadiens could expose him to the draft expansion. As a 33-year-old, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft had endured a painstakingly regular season in which he treated injuries before returning to the playoffs, leading the Canadiens on a deep run to the Stanley Cup final before lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.
An important factor in Price being exposed to the draft expansion had been his salary, as he is currently in the middle of an eight-year contract that counts $ 10.5 million annually against Canada’s salary c. Price is also due to a $ 11 million signing bonus in September, one month after he turns 34 years old.
With price probably out of the picture, the NHL expansion draft is set to take place at 6 p.m. 20 ET Wednesday night.