Ramblings: Suter & Parise Bought Out; Rinne Retires; Johnson Waives; Lightning Injuries & More (Jul 14)

Alexander MacLean

2021-07-14

We're in the fun part of the offseason now where every day there seems to be a little bit of news, and the big events are looking in the foreground. The schedule is a little off this year, and additionally condensed with an expansion draft added to the schedule. Speaking of, yesterday was the deadline for teams to request that players waiver their no-movement clauses for the purposes of the expansion draft. Erik Johnson reportedly has, and that frees up a lot more flexibility for the Avalanche and their protection list. I have seen Ryan Graves exposed in a lot of places, but I think they keep him and risk losing a forward instead. Going the eight-skater route would see the protection list as: Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri, and either Andre Burakovsky or Gabriel Landeskog at forward (Landeskog being a UFA, so he doesn't necessarily need to be protected – and is reportedly not close to a contract with the Avalanche); on defence we have Cale Makar, Devon Toews, Samuel Girard, and Graves; UFA Philip Grubauer is the only goalie worth protecting for the Avalanche.

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While we're on the topic of the expansion draft, I wanted to share a link to a giant undertaking over at The Hockey Writers, where a writer from each team acted as the GM, and an entire expansion draft process was completed. I acted as the Nashville GM for the exercise (trading Mattias Ekholm for Barrett Hayton and picks before Viktor Arvidsson was rudely traded out from