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Feb 23, 2020
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Penguins21</b></div><div>McCann, Blueger and Z.A.R are all RFA and protected. The only way they will be available and unprotected is if we give them a QO b4 the draft. U need 2 Forwards and 1 D and 1 goalie available for the draft. So it’s gonna be B.Tanev. Gonna be 30 years old after this year and a 4th line energy guy making 3.5M a year. And we will probably QO either Blueger or ZAR to be available too. We don’t have to protect McCann, he a RFA after this(unless, like I said, we QO him b4 the draft).
And Matheson will be available. If he scores 10-14 goals and has 15-18 assists and 25-34 points or more. Which he is capable of. He has shown it b4. He’s is an offensive defensemen. They will draft him then. At 26 years old and they have a cap minimum they have to reach. And a top 4, offensive D, at 26 years old, the cap hit and term isn’t bad for a expansion team. Not a ton of good, young, offensive, D are gonna be unprotected. So I hope he preformes this year and they take him or Tanev.
But ya, McCann, Blueger, ZAR are protected as RFA unless we QO them b4 the draft. Which we will have to do for 1. Or if we trade for another forward that isn’t an upcoming FA, at the deadline</div></div>
Thats not how the expansion draft works.. You need 2 forwards, 1 defenseman and 1 goalie exposed that are UNDER CONTRACT for the 2021-22 season. If you have RFAs that have played 3+ seasons and they are unprotected, Seattle can take them. The reason the league requires you to expose a minimum amount of players under contract is because Seattle must take at least 20 players who are under contract for the 2021-22 season. They could still take the RFAs, so in this case, you would likely be losing McCann or Roslovic, depending on who you decide to protect.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Claesson4Norris</b></div><div>At this point, I think Tampa should be willing to gamble on leaving McDonagh exposed. He's still a good player, but he'll be 32, and on that contract there's a good chance he goes unclaimed imo.</div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>CoopsTroops</b></div><div>Foote is likely the last prospect GMJBB would give up. Probably would not give him up under any circumstance. He's likely not going to top out where Sergachev is already at, but he should still be someone we need to, and have been expecting to, rely on the right side for awhile now.
McDonagh will also not be protected, and I think it is likely Foote only see's limited time in the NHL this season depending on what the value RHD free agency market looks once our RFA situation is cleared up.
Nothing a little sweetener cannot fix (assuming McDonagh continues to be a solid force defensively this coming season). Getting his goal count close to 10 again would help too. Still, Seattle will need at least 2 guys to lean on the blueline. I suppose a lot could depend on who else is exposed around the league. I don't imagine anyone will be leaving hidden gems for them like Vegas was able to get.</div></div>
Fair enough! You guys think, however, that Tampa may still protect Foote alongside Hedman, Sergachev and Cernak and leave Palat, Killorn, Gourde exposed?