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Best players available for Seattle Kraken in 2021 NHL Expansion Draft

The NHL announced which players have been protected and which are available for the Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft. We break down the big names that could be on the move on Wednesday.

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The Seattle Kraken will begin to craft their roster heading into the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, which will take place on Wednesday, July 21st at 8 p.m. ET. All 31 NHL teams were asked to submit their protected and unprotected lists by July 17 and those lists were released to the public on Sunday. Now that we know which players will be available, we can start to look at what type of team the Kraken will bring into the 2021-22 regular season.

Among the most notable names available, a big portion of them are goaltenders. Most of them are veteran names, but we do see a certain former MVP and Vezina Trophy winner who recently helped carry the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final.

Carey Price has been made available by the Habs but there’s reason to believe the Kraken won’t take on the veteran goalie. Price is among the highest-paid players in the NHL with his contract carrying an average annual value of $10.5 million over the next five seasons. Seattle will need to have a collective cap hit of at least $48.9 million, but taking on Price will hurt the team’s long-term cap situation.

Below is a list of some of the biggest names teams have made available for the Kraken in Wednesday’s Expansion Draft.

Matt Duchene, C, Predators
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Ducks
Ryan Johansen, C, Predators

Evgenii Dadonov, F, Senators
Max Domi, F, Blue Jackets
Jonathan Drouin, F, Canadiens
Jordan Eberle, F, Islanders
Yanni Gourde, F, Lightning
Ondrej Palat, F, Lightning
Vladimir Tarasenko, F, Blues
James van Riemsdyk, F, Flyers

Mark Giordano, D, Flames
Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Flyers
PK Subban, D, Devils
Shea Weber, D, Canadiens

Ben Bishop, G, Stars
Jaroslav Halak, G, Bruins
Braden Holtby, G, Canucks
Ryan Miller, G, Ducks
Jonathan Quick, G, Kings
Carey Price, G, Canadiens
Antti Raanta, G, Coyotes
Tuukka Rask, G, Bruins