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GM Marc Bergevin can now focus his attention on NHL Draft and free agency after reports Seattle Kraken took Cale Fleury in expansion draft.

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Stu Cowan  •  Montreal Gazette

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Jul 21, 2021  •  2 hours ago  •  4 minute read  •  17 Comments

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price manages to stop Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov as Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber looks on during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final earlier this month at the Bell Centre. Photo by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette Article content

It looks like Cale Fleury will have a fun story to tell his kids and grandkids in the future about how he was selected over Carey Price at the 2021 NHL expansion draft.


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There was a lot of excitement and anticipation ahead of the expansion draft that was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Wednesday, but the names of players selected by Seattle started to be leaked by hockey insiders shortly after the 10 a.m. deadline for the Kraken to submit their list to the NHL.

The reports were that the Kraken had taken Fleury, a 22-year-old defenceman who spent this season with the AHL’s Laval Rocket, and not Price, who was also left unprotected by the Canadiens. The 33-year-old goalie has five seasons…

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