Part of the dilemma for teams heading into any NHL Expansion Draft is the fact that they have to adhere to no-move clauses in player contracts and protect those players, even if they don’t want to. There are a number of NHLers who are making way too much money and their respective teams would love to have Seattle select them, or those teams would rather protect other players. One example is Milan Lucic of the Calgary Flames.
That said, the Flames won’t have an issue when it comes to the physical forward this summer. Per a report by Eric Francis of Sportsnet, Lucic has officially agreed to waive his no-movement clause. This means the Flames will not be forced to protect him from the Seattle Kraken.
Lucic told Sportsnet that he wants to stay in Calgary but “didn’t want to handcuff” GM Brad Treliving. It shouldn’t be an issue because it’s not likely the Kraken would select the overpaid forward. He’s on the backside of a long NHL career but making way too much money ($6 million per season) for the Kraken to be interested. For the Flames, having to protect Lucic was more about not being able to protect someone else.
What’s interesting is that it sounds like Lucic and the Flames had this conversation a long time ago. As Francis explains, before he was even acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in 2019, Lucic told Treliving that he would be willing to waive his clause when it came to the expansion draft.
Lucic has bounced back a bit this season with nine goals and 20 points in 50 games, but he still doesn’t represent a good value in terms of NHL salaries.
Lucic Waiving Really Helps the Flames
One of the biggest pluses here for Calgary is the fact that Lucic fills a requirement for the NHL Expansion Draft. He is one of a handful of forwards that are both under contract in 2021-22 and fill a games played requirement. The others were Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane, and the Flames would certainly rather not lose those players.