The NHL made it official today and announced that the city of Seattle has been awarded an NHL franchise and will become the league's 32nd team.
Seattle was originally supposed to join the league in 2020 according to early reports, however due to the arena renovations the team will jump in during 2021.
While that meet seem far away for now, there's some players that are already protected from the 2021 expansion draft thanks to their no movement clauses.
Of course like Marc-Andre Fleury did with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a player can waive his no movement clause to make himself eligible however it's usually pretty rare.
As of right now 34 players are automatically protected and the Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins lead the way with 4 protected players each.
More contracts will be signed between now and 2021 which will likely feature no movement clauses, but for now let's take a look at who's not automatically protected.
Arizona -Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Boston - Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand
Carolina - Jordan Staal
Chicago Blackhawks - Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook
Colorado - Erik Johnson
Dallas - Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, Ben Bishop
Detroit - Frans Nielson
Edmonton - Milan Lucic
Florida - Keith Yandle, Jonathan Huberdeau
Los Angeles - Drew Doughty
Minnesota - Zach Parise, Ryan Suter
Montreal - Carey Price
New York Rangers - Mika Zibanejad
Philadelphia - Claude Giroux
Pittsburgh - Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang
San Jose - Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Tampa Bay - Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman
Toronto - John Tavares
Winnipeg - Blake Wheeler