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NYHN Daily: Eberle and Bailey Left Exposed By Islanders & More



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On Sunday, the National Hockey League released the protected list for every team ahead of Tuesday’s Expansion Draft. The New York Islanders left two big names on the table for Seattle to take, in veterans Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle. This story and more in today’s daily links!

One has been a lifelong member of the Islanders and the other arrived on Long Island as part of a major offseason trade, now both find themselves unprotected heading into the NHL Expansion draft on Wednesday. Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey were among the players left off the Islanders protection list. Joining them were Michael Dal Colle, Leo Komarov, Richard Panik and Andy Greene. The Islanders inked Greene to a contract last night in order to fulfill the requirements for the expansion draft. (NYI Hockey Now)

The lists are out. Islanders fans have questions. Who were the obvious ones to be protected? Why did the Isles protect Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck? Why leave Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey unprotected? Arthur Staple answers these questions and more ahead of the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft. (The Athletic)

Two-thirds of the Islanders’ identity-setting fourth line have been protected for the NHL’s expansion draft, and top-six forwards Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle will be exposed. Perhaps that’s an indication that the fourth line’s third member, impending unrestricted free agent Casey Cizikas, will have a deal before the free-agent market opens on July 28. The NHL on Sunday released each team’s protected list and which players will be available to the expansion Seattle Kraken on Wednesday. (Newsday)

After much speculation, the Boston Bruins have submitted their protection list for next week’s Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft and there are several key roster players in danger of being lost to the NHL’s newest franchise. Headlining the list of available players are power forward Nick Ritchie along with defenseman Connor Clifton and Jeremy Lauzon. It’s expected that one of those three young players will be selected by the Kraken with everybody else then protected on Boston’s roster once they’ve lost one player to Seattle. (Boston Hockey Now)

The handwringing was understandable. After fans initially resisting the Pittsburgh Penguins contract for Brandon Tanev on July 1, 2019, the Penguins high-energy winger became a locker room and fan favorite. His nickname “Turbo” is apt as he’s become part of the Penguins heart with his blood-and-guts style of play. He also may become a Seattle Kraken on Wednesday. Seattle may also select Penguins LW Jason Zucker, meaning the Penguins get nothing for the winger for whom they sacrificed a first-round pick and top defenseman prospect Calen Addison. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Chuck Fletcher made his first big splash of the offseason this weekend. The Philadelphia Flyers traded Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick to the Nashville Predators for Ryan Ellis. Patrick was then swapped to the Vegas Golden Knights for Cody Glass. It was one of many trades in a flurry of activity before Saturday’s NHL roster freeze. Ryan Ellis was one of the many names on the defensemen market that the Flyers were looking into. Given the Seth Jones drama in Columbus, and Dougie Hamilton drawing of interest ahead of free agency, Fletcher pounced on the opportunity to get Ellis. (Philly Hockey Now)

The next NHL schedule is expected to be released next week, and at least one of the features that defined the schedule in the pandemic-affected season of 2020-21 will be incorporated into the new one. That feature will be more of the back-to-back home/road “series” format that was so much a part of this past one, a league source tells National Hockey Now Sr. reporter Adrian Dater. (Florida Hockey Now)

Based on his resume, he might be one of the most decorated unrestricted free agents in hockey this summer. He’s been a Hart Trophy finalist and a multiple winner of the Stanley Cup, Selke and Lary Byng Trophies. Former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk is also a UFA who is weighing options regarding his hockey future. And the Magic Man is talking about donning the red jersey of a team that holds a dear place in his heart. (Detroit Hockey Now)

The Washington Capitals faced a tall task when it came to their final protected list for the pending expansion draft. A plethora of skilled defensemen, trade rumblings and free agency led to some uncertainty and difficult decisions, but at the end of the day, 11 Capitals were protected from Seattle. Alex Ovechkin was not. (Washington Hockey Now)

No, Gabe Landeskog will not be protected when the Seattle Kraken select their inaugural team on Wednesday. Neither will Joonas Donskoi or J.T. Compher. The Colorado Avalanche protected list was released on Sunday morning, and those were among the names not on the list of players exempt from being selected. Here is the official protected list: MacKinnon, Rantanen, Burakovsky, Kadri, Nichushkin, Jost, O’Connor, Makar, Toews, Girard, Grubauer. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Josef Korenar, back home in the Czech Republic, was riding high after re-signing with the San Jose Sharks for one year and $750,000 on Tuesday. The 23-year-old goaltender was also expecting to be protected by San Jose on the eve of next week’s expansion draft. Korenar, who went 3-5-0 in his rookie season for the San Jose Sharks, appeared to be getting a chance to firmly establish himself as a Shark next year. That is until yesterday, when San Jose traded him and a 2022 second-round draft pick to Arizona for fellow netminder Adin Hill and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The list of players protected in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken was released Sunday. The 30 other NHL teams (not including the Vegas Golden Knights) had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. All players with continuing and effective no-move clauses had to be protected. All first- and second-year professionals are exempt from selection, as are unsigned draft choices.  The Kraken have until 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday to submit their expansion draft selections. They must choose 30 players, one from each team, and must take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies from the lists of unprotected players. (NHL)

Carey Price, Shea Weber and Vladimir Tarasenko headline the group of players who are under contract and available for the Seattle Kraken to select in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck on Wednesday. Price, the Montreal Canadiens goalie; Weber, the Canadiens defenseman and captain; and Tarasenko, the St. Louis Blues forward, are among the NHL players left unprotected by their teams. The NHL released the protected and available lists Sunday. (NHL)