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Handicapping the expansion draft and the Flames

Folks, we’re just eight days away from the NHL’s clubs setting their protection lists and 12 days away from the Seattle Kraken unveiling their selections in the expansion draft. As we approach the date that the NHL truly expands to 32 clubs, let’s take a look at the expansion process from a Calgary Flames perspective.

For our purposes, we’ll assume that the Flames are opting to protect a goalie, three defensemen and seven forwards because protecting eight skaters wouldn’t make much sense.

Protection and exposure status, at a glance…

Goaltenders [one can be protected]

Jacob Markstrom

  • Age: 31
  • Cap Hit: $6,000,000 (through 2025-26)
  • Status: Lock
  • Rundown: The team’s undisputed top goaltender has a no-move clause that he won’t be asked to waive in the first year of a six year contract.