Will NHL protected lists be public? Starting at 10 AM ET on Sunday, when the NHL will make the protection lists public, the Kraken will have a window to negotiate with and sign any (un)restricted free agents who are unprotected from their 2020-21 team. Though, if they do, that will count as their pick from that player’s 2020-21 club.
Why is Ovechkin not on protected list? The only team that isn’t losing a player is the Vegas Golden Knights, they are exempt from the expansion draft. Alex Ovechkin was left unprotected because he has yet to sign a contract extension and it is highly unlikely the Kraken take him since they would have to negotiate with him first.
Who is protected on each NHL team? Teams must protect either seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie or eight skaters (forwards and defensemen) plus one goalie. Players with no-move clauses must be protected, though a player can waive it and be unprotected if they choose.
What city needs an NHL team? Since losing the Nordiques in the 1990s, Quebec City has constantly been in demand of an NHL team. Eager to have a team back, commissioner Gary Bettman has expressed interest in bringing the NHL back, including conversations with representatives of the Quebec government.