The awarding of the Stanley Cup last week officially marked the conclusion of the 2020-21 NHL season. While a brief summer of recuperation is on the docket, the league calendar never sleeps as the busiest part of the offseason will be upon us shortly.
The NHL has designated this Saturday, July 17th, as the deadline for each franchise to submit a final player protection list ahead of the expansion draft on the 21st, with several teams facing the conundrum of losing a useful roster player for nothing or being forced to trade them for pennies on the dollar to recoup assets.
With the knowledge that trades and
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