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Seattle Kraken skip taking Canadiens goalie Carey Price in expansion draft

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) plays the puck during the first period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

The Seattle Kraken have opted not to pick Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price in Wednesday’s expansion draft.

Montreal left the 33-year-old star netminder exposed, but the NHL’s newest team instead selected 22-year-old defenceman Cale Fleury.

The Kraken also took goalie Ottawa Senators goalie Joey Daccord and forward Jared McCann from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Toronto picked up McCann ahead of the roster freeze on Saturday, acquiring him from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward prospect Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 draft.

McCann, a 25-year-old from Stratford, Ont., had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) for Pittsburgh last year.

Seattle’s other early selections include Tampa Bay Lightning centre Yanni Gourde and defenceman Jeremy Lauzon from the Boston Bruins.

The Kraken must choose one player from every current NHL club except for the Vegas Golden Knights, which entered the league in 2017-18.

The expansion draft also includes rules around how many players must be currently under contract for next season and how much salary cap space must be used.

The Kraken are set to become the NHL’s 32nd franchise when the 2021-22 season opens this fall.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 21, 2021.