Wednesday night, the Seattle Kraken will hold their expansion draft and select one player from every team, including the Boston Bruins, but not the Vegas Golden Knights. Sunday, each team’s protection list was revealed with some surprise names being left unprotected by their teams.
With the NHL rumored and expected to go back to their normal divisions for the 2021-22 season, the Bruins will be back in the Atlantic Division with some of their rivals. One of those teams is the Montreal Canadiens and Sunday, what had been rumored, became reality and it would be good news if things go the Black and Gold’s way.
Bruins would benefit from the Kraken selecting this Canadians’ player.
One of the players left unprotected by the Canadiens was their top goalie Carey Price. The 33-year-old, who was the fifth overall pick by the Habs in the 2005 Entry Draft, is an intriguing name that is exposed to be selected.
This past season, Price went 12-7-5 with a 2.64 goals-against average (GAA), with a .901 save percentage (SV%). That effort was good enough to help Montreal finish fourth in the Canadian Division to earn the final postseason berth.
Price carried the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final in the playoffs before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games. He went 13-9 with a 2.28 GAA and a .924 SV% during Montreal’s surprising run in the playoffs.
If the Kraken were to select Price, that would be good for the Bruins. Price has always been a goalie that has given the Black and Gold fits, no matter how good the team in front of was. He is one of the top goalies in the league and proved this postseason that he is capable of carrying a team on his back on a deep run.
Over the years, there have been goalies that have given the Bruins trouble. Braden Holtby with the Washington Capitals and Marc-Andre Fleury with the Pittsburgh Penguins were just a couple to name a few.
The Bruins and Canadiens have a long storied history that I don’t need to remind you about. In 13 of Price’s 14 years in the league (this season is excluded), he has frustrated the Bruins more than once. The Bruins would not be upset if Seattle selected him.
The Kraken is going to build a roster that is ready to compete this upcoming season and from seeing some of the names available, they could field a pretty good roster. As far as the Bruins are concerned, if Seattle can select Price, that could be good for the Bruins. Will it happen? With a hefty contract to take on, it’s 50/50. We will see.