Ramblings: Saturday Trades; Heiskanen Signs Long Term; Price, Tarasenko, Domi Unprotected? (July 18)

Ian Gooding

2021-07-18

Of course, the biggest news of the day was the numerous last-minute trades that teams made before rosters would be frozen for the Seattle expansion draft. And of course, we had you covered.

Fantasy Take: Flyers Land Ellis; Glass to Nashville & Patrick to Vegas

Fantasy Impact: Maple Leafs Acquire Jared McCann

Fantasy Take: Adin Hill On His Way To San Jose

Between other trades and other news, there was plenty to discuss, so I'll focus on that here.

It's a team effort, but could it backfire? Carey Price has reportedly decided to waive his no-movement clause in the hopes that Jake Allen is not claimed. With a modest $2.875 million cap hit for two more seasons, Allen was considered to be one of the top goalie candidates to be claimed. When push comes to shove, I think there are better ways that the Kraken can allocate their cap money and not be saddled with his enormous contact. I wouldn't bet on him being claimed. But…

Price played his junior hockey for the Tri-City Americans, who are based in Washington state. His wife is also reportedly from the area, and Seattle is also closer to his offseason home in BC than Montreal is. Those details should add enough intrigue to make this a very real possibility. If the Kraken do claim him, the absolute meltdown that Habs fans would have would be epic, especially fresh off their recent playoff run. Yet if you consider how that contract might age for the Habs, it might not be the worst thing to happen to them.

Another scenario could involve the Kraken claiming Price, then flipping him to another team in need of a starting goalie. I don't see that happening, simply because of the contract. In fact, Seattle is the team most able to take on the contract. Looks like the drama for this expansion draft just got turned up a notch, and I’m here for it.

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