Q: When the time comes to protect players for Seattle’s expansion draft, do you expose high-salaried veterans (Vladimir Taraskeno and David Perron) on the last year of their contract, or risk losing younger, cheaper players?
A: As long as you believe the window of opportunity is open as a legit contender, I don't think you can throw your veterans overboard. Perron is playing better than he ever has in terms of production. And you'd hate to make the wrong decision on Vladi and see him end up a 30-goal scorer again -- as a Kraken. Remember, at worst you're losing only one player. So if you lose a Sammy Blais, you get to keep an Oskar Sundqvist, Zach Sanford, Ivan Barbashev and all the defensemen.