Seabrook needs to be protected since he has NMC. Also it cost 1st to move Marleau, and his contract was 6 times better since it was 6 years shorter. Shouldn't moving that horrible contract cost around the range of 6 firsts? Obviously not, but it's gonna be way more expensive you seem to think...
this is a false narrative.
FIrst, Seabrook would obviously have to waive his NMC to enter the draft. That's a given. But it's not like players don't waive them. MAF did in Pittsburgh to become the guy again, even though he loved being a penguin. Seabrook will make a choice of either getting a chance to play or sitting. He'd rather play.
Second, the cost of moving Seabrook and Marleau is not equivalent. Everyone on here keeps going, it cost a 1st to move Marleau it takes the moon to move (Insert name here.)
None of that is true. These same people said it would take a 1st to move Gudbranson, or that it takes a 1st to move Jack Johnson. And both of those are facilities too. One already seriously proven wrong.
Third, Seattle has other issues, like reaching the cap floor.
Building a team for which they need talent quickly. You aren't going to build a star team without it and the odds they land it like Vegas did are low. Will teams be looking to dump a starting level goal tender for cap reasons to start? Will they find a diamond in the rough like Karlsson. You can begin to see the issues here. Odds are that isn't going to happen. I'm not saying they won't find any talent there, but if the expectation is they are vegas after the draft most people would say you are reaching. Most expansion teams suck.
There are always deals to move guys in expansion trades. They usually revolve around a 1st for this very reason. They take the cap while they have space, to draft guys for later down the road. The Cap hit ends by the time the talent enters into the league. It works for both teams.
Given they will have their pick of cap dumps to take. But some of them are more valuable than others. Cap dumps who can suit up and fill a role are better than those who can't or are simply IR guys.
I see Seattle picking and choosing. It's better to take a Seabrook instead of a Lucic.
Truth is Seattle will pick up a bunch of guys who can still play but have high contracts. You might see a Hornqvist, Webber, Oshie. Guys in their upper 30s but have talent.
They will add it with some younger prospect types and draft picks.
So to think Seabrook is going to cost more than a 1st is unrealistic. He's given up a total of 7 goals this year in 5v5 play. That isn't bad. There is still talent there. If he plays that well next year, he'll find a home in Seattle.