The protection lists for the 30 teams participating in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft have been unveiled by the National Hockey League. We know now which Calgary Flames properties – and players from every team other than Vegas – will be protected and available for Seattle’s selection.
#Flames protection list:
Backlund, Dube, Gaudreau, Lindholm, Mangiapane, Monahan, Tkachuk
Andersson, Hanifin, Tanev
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) July 18, 2021
The Flames opted to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goaltender:
- Forwards: Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane
- Defensemen: Rasmus Andersson, Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin
- Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom
Once Milan Lucic agreed to waive his no-move clause, the forward protection list seemed academic.