The NHL landscape was rocked this weekend with a landslide of news triggered by a pre-Expansion Draft transaction freeze that came into effect yesterday. Trades rolled in quick succession prior to the 3:00 PM ET deadline, leading to an unexpected rush of news. Now, with teams’ protection lists for the Seattle Expansion Draft being released this morning, there are even more implications. One of these is the future of Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price. After shockingly being asked to waive his no-movement clause, Price wasn’t protected by the Habs this morning. It’s led to a variety of rumors surrounding the circumstance of his potential selection. One potentiality that was floated was Seattle selecting Price and proceeding to trade him back to Montreal with salary retained. However, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that this isn’t possible given league statutes. The NHL classifies this type of move as salary cap circumvention, meaning that if the Kraken do select Price, he won’t be able to be immediately dealt back to Montreal. Uncertainty remains surrounding whether the Canadiens could re-acquire Price next offseason, however, which could be a strong possibility.
- National Hockey Now reports that the NHL will indeed be re-incorporating series-style scheduling into the 2021-22 regular-season schedule, which is expected to be released this week. It’s a move that was widely anticipated ahead of the announcement. This year’s NHLPA players’ poll revealed that 66.3% of players wished to carry this year’s series-style scheduling forward into the coming seasons. It’ll be of benefit to teams as they begin to readjust to league-wide travel, as the league returns to its standard divisions next season. The only modification will be the Arizona Coyotes moving to the Central Division, vacating their Pacific Division spot for the Kraken.
- The AHL’s Toronto Marlies announced today that they’ve brought in John Snowden as an assistant coach. He fills a vacant seat on the Marlies’ coaching staff left by former NHL defenseman Rob Davison, who departed the team after his contract expired this offseason. Snowden’s most well-known achievement as a coach is guiding the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers to a Kelly Cup Championship in 2019 after he was promoted to the job mid-season. He’ll look to bring that championship expertise to the next generation of Toronto Maple Leafs prospects beginning next season.