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Need A Few Veterans Seattle?

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

What is it worth paying to jettison an underachieving player?

That’s the topic of this edition of Detroit Red Wings mailbag. The NHL’s 32nd club, the Seattle Kraken, will stock their team next June from a list of players made available by 30 teams (Vegas is exempt).

The Kraken has to select one player from every club, and has quite the example to follow, as the Golden Knights used the 2017 expansion draft to build a team that went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season. The Knights made the playoffs again in 2019 and 2020.

Teams can protect either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters (regardless of position) and one goaltender. I laid out a scenario of who the Wings are likely to protect July 26, noting that teams can make pre-arranged deals to decide who Seattle will draft.

A reader, C. Josefs, suggested Steve Yzerman should do so to get rid of either Justin Abdelkader or Frans Nielsen, writing “I would not be opposed to Yzerman shedding a bad contract if the “sweetener” was a third- or fourth-round draft choice or even a prospect. … Is Seattle in the same powerful position as Vegas was to demand high compensation for taking on bad contracts?”


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Do we even have a salary floor, yet?  September 2022 is the last year of the current CBA.  We could actually have a lower salary cap (hence, a lower salary floor).

I can see the Squids taking on an expensive contract just to meet the salary floor, sort of what the Jetotes did when they accepted a trade for Dangles…except the Squids would actually get a player to play out the contract rather than a paper transaction.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/01/20 at 02:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

NVM, they extended the current CBA to 2026. 

In the section under Salary Cap of the extension:

The 10% increase in the Upper Limit for the purpose of calculating Tagged Payroll Room that came into effect on March 1, 2020 shall continue through and including the date prior to the opening of Free Agency within the adjusted Critical Dates Calendar.


Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/01/20 at 02:56 PM ET


I don’t see any reason why Seattle would want either of these
players except along with a very expensive sweetener.

And there is simply no real reason to think, at least as of now,
why the Wings would even be in a position where they had more
key players to protect than the numbers they could exempt.

Even the teams that did have such players generally make the
mistake of paying too high a price and losing good young players anyway.

Our GM has been steadfast that you’ve gotta assemble picks in order
to find enough talent to rebuild. Why not keep burning off these contracts
and keep our assets?

Posted by lefty.30 on 08/01/20 at 05:50 PM ET

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