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Here’s the Red Wings’ expansion draft protected list: Howard is on it

Here's the Red Wings' expansion draft protected list:

Forwards:

Justin Abdelkader

Andreas Athanasiou

Anthony Mantha

Frans Nielsen

Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg

Defensemen:

Danny DeKeyser

Mike Green

Nick Jensen

Goaltender:

Jimmy Howard

Helene St. James confirms:

As does Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman:

More from St. James:

Update: Here's the official list from the NHL:

DETROIT RED WINGS

Available
Louis-Marc Aubry (F)
Mitch Callahan (F)
Colin Campbell (F)
Martin Frk (F)
Luke Glendening (F)
Darren Helm (F)
Drew Miller (F)
Tomas Nosek (F)
Riley Sheahan (F)
Ben Street (F)
Eric Tangradi (F)
Adam Almquist (D)
Jonathan Ericsson (D)
Niklas Kronwall (D)
Brian Lashoff (D)
Dylan McIlrath (D)
Xavier Ouellet (D)
Ryan Sproul (D)
Jared Coreau (G)
Petr Mrazek (G)
Edward Pasquale (G)
Jake Paterson (G)

Protected
Justin Abdelkader (F)
Andreas Athanasiou (F)
Anthony Mantha (F)
Frans Nielsen (F)
Gustav Nyquist (F)
Tomas Tatar (F)
Henrik Zetterberg (F)
Danny DeKeyser (D)
Mike Green (D)
Nick Jensen (D)
Jimmy Howard (G)

Update #2: Here's St. James in text form...

A year after the Detroit Red Wings declared Petr Mrazek their No. 1 goalie, he is being exposed in the expansion draft.

The NHL released lists of whom NHL teams protected this morning. The Wings went the seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender option, and protected forwards Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasious, Anthony Mantha, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Henrik Zetterberg; defensemen Mike Green, Danny DeKeyser and Nick Jensen, and goaltender Jimmy Howard.

That leaves Mrazek, Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm, Xavier Ouellet and Luke Glendening among the exposed. First- and second-year pros were exempt, so the Wings did not have to protect Dylan Larkin, Evgeny Svechnikov nor Tyler Bertuzzi.

And MLive's Ansar Khan in text form:

General manager Ken Holland declared long ago that he would protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie as opposed to the second option (eight skaters regardless of position and a goalie).

Teams can still make deals with Vegas, offering assets to ensure the Golden Knights don't select a certain player, until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Several deals are reportedly in place already but can't be announced until after Vegas' selections (30 players - one from each team) are revealed Wednesday during the NHL Awards (8-10 p.m., NBCSN).

Mrazek, 25, has struggled the past year and a half. He was 18-21-9 last season with a 3.04 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. Howard, 33, meanwhile, excelled, despite a 10-11-1 record due in large part to lack of offensive support. He posted a 2.10 GAA and .901 save percentage.

Mrazek won't necessarily be claimed, since Vegas has more attractive options, including Marc-Andre Fleury of Pittsburgh.

Sheahan is a candidate to be selected. Despite going 79 games without a goal before scoring twice in the season finale, he's big (6-3, 222), young (25), has a manageable contract (one year remaining at $2.075 million) and remains under club control in 2018 as a restricted free agent. Many believe 2016-17 was a fluke, since he was productive for a third-line player the previous three seasons.

Ouellet also could appeal to the Golden Knights. He turns 24 next month, moves the puck well and plays with a bit of an edge, though he's not projected to provide a lot of offense. Sproul is intriguing because he's big (6-4, 215), has a booming right shot and offensive upside. But he has struggled defensively as a pro. He might not be ready for the start of the season after surgery to repair a torn ACL.

 


Update #3: Here's the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan in text form:

It’s been quite a drop in status for Mrazek, 25, who last summer was essentially given the No. 1 goalie job  - but failed to clutch it for any length of time during the regular season.

Howard (2.10 goals-against average, .927 save percentage) was outstanding through the regular season, though did miss three months with a knee injury.

Mrazek had a 3.04 GAA and .901 SVS and was splitting playing time with Jared Coreau when Howard was hurt.

Mrazek has one season remaining on his contract for $4 million, while Howard has two seasons left at $5.29 million per season.

Mrazek could tempt the expansion Vegas, who could team Mrazek with anticipated selection Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh).

Also, Vegas could have teams call and ask the Knights to pick a player such as Mrazek and offer them a trade.

 

Update #4: Just in case you think the rest of the NHL isn't laughing at the Wings:

Update #5: And now, from those actually wondering why the Howard-over-Mrazek decision was made...

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I would prefer protecting mrazek over Howard. I hope they are sure he won’t be picked up unless they have plans to replace him. Well ok. We know they don’t have any plan for that.

Posted by SlimChance on 06/18/17 at 10:22 AM ET

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Wow, they actually chose to protect the better goalie. Hopefully this is the first in a long run of common sense decisions this offseason.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/18/17 at 10:28 AM ET

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Happy they protected Jensen. Don’t understand why they went with Howard when he is often hurt and he is old.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 06/18/17 at 10:29 AM ET

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Don’t understand why they went with Howard when he is often hurt and he is old.

1) he’s objectively better than mrazek
2) the wings brass probably understand that “getting bowled over by your own defenseman” isn’t likely a chronic injury.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/18/17 at 10:40 AM ET

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I’ve tried to stay away from commenting on anything Wings related since their season ended for the good of my sanity, but I just can’t stay quiet any longer. 

Protecting Howard over Mrazek is one of the the worst, most moronic decisions this organization has made in my over 30 years of fandom.  This is up there with the Oates for Federko trade and re-signing a broken down Danny Cleary a million times.  If this isn’t the final straw to convince the Holland supporters that he’s got to go, then I don’t know what is.

And then we can add in the fact that we now might lose Sheahan for absolutely nothing, when it seemed like last trade deadline we could have gotten something for him.  It’s really going to be hard being a diehard through this “rebuild”.

Posted by Wise1 on 06/18/17 at 10:42 AM ET

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You’d think they could have traded mrazek….if they weren’t going to protect him.  This is a big hit for me and my desire to give Holland and co a chance.  I want to hear the logic.  I shake my head at Abby too

Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/18/17 at 10:42 AM ET

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Right or wrong, there should have never been a doubt that Abby was going to be protected.  They gave him an “A” last year, for crying out loud!

Posted by Wise1 on 06/18/17 at 10:50 AM ET

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Can’t argue with the list including at goalie. Jimmy is much more consistent than Mrazek. I wish they’d have tried and traded him but it is what it is.

Posted by weswolverine on 06/18/17 at 10:51 AM ET

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Lets say the wings want to keep both goalies.

1. Protect mrazek, vegas likely wont take Howie

2. Protect Howie, Vegas may still take Mrazek, have to try to cut a deal.


Its hard to imagine Vegas would take Fleury and Mrazek for that amount of salary, but I still contest that Fleury + Raanta + Mrazek puts a strangle hold on the good goalie market, and they can afford to keep all that salary in goalies.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/18/17 at 11:01 AM ET

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Pretty horrible.  Wasted a spot protecting Abdelkader and of course there’s “no takers” for either of our goalies.

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/18/17 at 11:12 AM ET

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John Chayka quietly flipped 35-year old Mike Smith for a prospect + 3rd rounder (upgraded to 2nd if the Flames make the playoffs again). He noted that there will be a glut of goalies available, either through Vegas or among teams who may have fractured relationships based on who they chose to expose.

This guy is brilliant. He gets it. So even if Vegas doesn’t select Mrazek (because Sheahan may be more enticing) Chayka is anticipating that a team like Detroit might then turn around and move Mrazek who surely can’t be happy about where he stands. So watch Chayka school Kenny in another trade and snap up Mrazek for cheap.Actually, that’s too much work for Kenny. He’ll rather just hope Vegas doesn’t take Mrazek and run with both goalies all season.

Also still can’t believe we protected Abby over Sheahan. You protect assets that have trade value. You don’t protect assets that nobody would even want. Hi Abby. It’s Kenny. I’m leaving you unprotected. Don’t worry. It’s just strategic.I’m 100% sure you will remain a Red Wing. The contract that I offered to you made sure of that.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 11:15 AM ET

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What a stupid decision. HSJ saying LV would not want a $4M backup. Then they definitely wouldn’t want a $5.3M backup in Howard, right?

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 06/18/17 at 11:25 AM ET

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What a stupid decision. HSJ saying LV would not want a $4M backup. Then they definitely wouldn’t want a $5.3M backup in Howard, right?

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 06/18/17 at 11:25 AM ET

McPhee basically said months ago that he covets picks. ANd lots of them. I’ve been trying to explain that too. He apparently has 4 or 5 deals on the table already to stay away from certain players…a 1st from Columbus, a 1st from NYI, maybe something similar from Anaheim and Minny. So his objective is clear. Thus his objective from picking from Detroit is to seek an asset that can be readily converted into more picks. Mrazek may be that guy, although goalies tend to have lower value. Ouellet has almost no trade value. Neither does Helm - thanks Kenny. But Sheahan does. That’s a 3rd or 4th rounder right now, and if he bounces back that’s a 2nd. So I still think Sheahan is the guy.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 11:30 AM ET

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Do the Wings really want to get rid of Mrazek? If they wanted to keep both goalies then exposing Howard with his contract would have been the move I would make. i always hoped Mrazek would have been given a longer chance to prove he was the No 1 goalie. I don’t really know where the Red Wings are going with this.

Posted by Mackster from Eastern Canada on 06/18/17 at 11:36 AM ET

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HSJ reported that Kenny has been talking to other GMs about trading one of our goalies, but he couldn’t agree on a deal. Then Dallas got Bishop and the Flames got Smith…so aww shucks, what are you going to do?

Will be so hilarious if Vegas takes Mrazek and then flips him to Winnipeg or Philly or even Pittsburgh 24 hours later. They’d get something like a 3rd +  prospect, or maybe a straight up 2nd. Thanks for the free assets Kenny. Trades are hard huh. Would be funny.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 11:37 AM ET

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Same as it ever was, Kenny.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 06/18/17 at 11:43 AM ET

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Some have said that Vegas would rather have Fleury-Raanta or Fleury-Grubauer than Fleury-Mrazek.

But it’s not that simple. Like maybe you think Graubauer is more attractive than Mrazek. That’s fine I get it. But you can’t view that in isolation. Look at this as:

1) Grubauer + Ouellet
versus
2) Mrazek + Schmidt

I’ll take option 2. Every time.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 11:46 AM ET

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Not surprised Mrazek wasn’t protected or Abby. Mrazek’s erratic play and attitude made him expendable. Doubt LV bothers taking him. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/18/17 at 11:49 AM ET

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1) he’s objectively better than mrazek

He’s not the better choice.

Posted by SlimChance on 06/18/17 at 12:01 PM ET

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Would like to see the media ask Kenny whether this final list was what he originally thought…or whether his opinion was swayed by the yes-men surrounding him. Because remember he boasted 10 days ago that he already had “his” list, but he would give others a chance to change his mind.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 12:17 PM ET

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If Mrazek gets selected and we bring up Coreau, that’s an extra $3M for Kenny to spend. How exciting. Almost like Christmas. Perhaps a multi-year offer for Andrei Markov? Since Glendening is banged up maybe we can acuire Brian Boyle. Speaking of Boyle, maybe Dan Boyle can come out of retirement?

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 12:22 PM ET

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Protecting Howard of Mrazem is the most short sighted decision Kenny has ever made. It’s demonstrably stupid. Probably banking on the fact that with such a wide range of goalies available neither Mrazem or Howard will get picked…

The problem is Mrazem has value and you could’ve shopped him instead of giving Vegas the option of getting him for free.


Just blatantly short-sighted and downright dumb.

Posted by Robert on 06/18/17 at 12:40 PM ET

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Vegas isn’t taking either Howard or Mrazek, folks.

There are far better goalie options available for them elsewhere.

Posted by Primis on 06/18/17 at 12:57 PM ET

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It is off ice attitude that has made Mrazek worthy of going on the unprotected list, boys and girls.  If he were to be more of a good guy in the room, he might be able to get back to the form he showed two seasons ago.  If not, he will be gone somewhere for a sack of used practice pucks.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 06/18/17 at 01:01 PM ET

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If Mike Smith can get traded any goalie in this league can get traded.  Holland is blowing smoke.

Posted by BarryKlob on 06/18/17 at 01:03 PM ET

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Vegas isn’t taking either Howard or Mrazek, folks.

There are far better goalie options available for them elsewhere.

Posted by Primis on 06/18/17 at 12:57 PM ET

You can’t view this is isolation. While Grubauer might be more appealing than Mrazek, you might choose to “settle” for Mrazek so you can take a more attractive defensemen like Schmidt.

Graubauer > Mrazek

BUT

Mrazek + Schmidt >> Grubauer + Ouellet/Sheahan

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 01:11 PM ET

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Holland is bad at his job.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/18/17 at 01:11 PM ET

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Ms. St. James, hope they take Sheahan, rather have Nosek.

Posted by stateofmifan on 06/18/17 at 01:17 PM ET

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Ms. St. James, hope they take Sheahan, rather have Nosek.

Posted by stateofmifan on 06/18/17 at 01:17 PM ET

Also a flawed argument. I don’t care if Nosek is ready to contribute. Sheahan has trade value. Abby doesn’t. We protected a guy who didn’t require protection.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 01:21 PM ET

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It is off ice attitude that has made Mrazek worthy of going on the unprotected list, boys and girls.  If he were to be more of a good guy in the room, he might be able to get back to the form he showed two seasons ago.  If not, he will be gone somewhere for a sack of used practice pucks.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 06/18/17 at 01:01 PM ET

I might be wrong, but I don’t think any of us want to spend our time and money to watch “good guys in the room”? 

But then again, I hear Cleary was a great guy in the room, so what do I know.

Posted by Wise1 on 06/18/17 at 01:34 PM ET

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I agree with Doc, I think it’s not just a hockey decision. I am pretty sure that episode when Mrazek did not stay after practice to work with the shooters did not sit well with the team. Mrazek’s attitude (body language) in general, even during games, was questionable. But the narrative that Howard is a better goalie is lunacy imo, of course.
Howard was better last season, that’s it. In the playoff series against TB two years ago Mrazek looked like Price. Will he ever get back to that level? Who knows? Will Howard remain at last year’s level or return to his average himself from the first 10 years in the league? Smarter bet would be on a 25 year old, but again, I don’t think this was necessarily a hockey decision.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/18/17 at 01:45 PM ET

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Pretty happy with the choices made about who to protect on the blue line at least. Those were 3 reasonably good choices.

Posted by RyanVM on 06/18/17 at 01:47 PM ET

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Hold on a second, Bobby Ryan left unprotected? Has to be with a deal LV cannot take him.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/18/17 at 01:49 PM ET

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Dumba, Vatanen, Marchesault are other interesting unprotected players.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/18/17 at 01:55 PM ET

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Dumba, Vatanen, Marchesault are other interesting unprotected players.

Posted by VPalmer on 06/18/17 at 01:55 PM ET

Minny and Anaheim will have deals to protect their d-men…in addition to deals already announced by Chicago, Columbus, NYI.

Bobby Ryan has an awful contract. Ottawa would be fine if he was selected. A guy like that can be replaced for much less. Marc Methot is likely the guy Ottawa will lose.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 02:02 PM ET

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pretty much everything as expected.
Protect Sheahan over Abdelkader? Lol, no.
Sheahan has more trade value?  Again, that’s a big laugher.

Protecting Howard over Petr is certainly easy to understand based on goalkeeping performance. Very high probability both will be on the roster again.

Posted by RWBill on 06/18/17 at 02:06 PM ET

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Raanta and Grubauer will be taken long before Mrazek by Treasure Island Knights.
Nosek and Sproul and Frk cannot be taken by the knights because they have not played in enough NHL games to meet the exposure requirements. Sproul was close with only 13 games to spare of NHL experience.
Really hoping to get some cap relief if The Sands Knights take Errorson or Kronwall off our hands and there gross contracts.

 

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 06/18/17 at 02:07 PM ET

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Vegas can pick players and flip them, if someone else wants Mraz, they can ask Vegas to pick him and then Vegas flips him to that team for picks. Other than Arizona needing a starter, there isn’t much of a goalie market, but for 1 season at 4mil it might worth it for Vegas to pick him. 

I don’t really see the upside to Riley that everyone else seems to see, I would take Nosek over him any day.  Nosek is an inch shorter and 10lbs lighter than Sheahan but a better puck handler, better defensively, better shooter than Sheahan.  My money is that Vegas either takes Mraz or XO, one to flip for picks the other to play 5/6 D-man for them. 

The surprise pick for Vegas would be Helm, not for anything other than they will need some fat contracts just to make the floor.

Posted by AzWingsFan on 06/18/17 at 02:13 PM ET

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Raanta and Grubauer will be taken long before Mrazek by Treasure Island Knights.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 06/18/17 at 02:07 PM ET

Again, for the last time, this is not an exercise of ranking all of the available goalies from best to worst, and then picking the top 3.

You have to understand that there are a myriad of other factors. I keep using the Grubauer example to illustrate this. Yes he’s cheaper than Mrazek, and potentially better. But Schmidt is also light years better than say Ouellet. So you may opt to take the superior Schmidt and then “settle” for Mrazek.

Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 02:24 PM ET

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Posted by fatsavage on 06/18/17 at 01:21 PM ET
Don’t agree, last deadline everyone was saying teams wanted Sheahan, maybe for nothing, but I don’t believe he’d bring any real value or he would have been gone. As for Nosek, hustles just like Sheahan, about same size (lighter) but with his size it isn’t like 15 is a enforcer and Nosek can score. If you feel that way why not leave Z unprotected,  he’s 37 at the start of this season makes 6mil. Why not roll the dice and figure Vegas won’t take him. All this said, no one is excelling under Blashill’s system.

Posted by stateofmifan on 06/18/17 at 02:26 PM ET

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