This morning, Darren Dreger reported that the Blue Jackets are not planning on protecting Max Domi for the expansion draft. On June 4th, the club announced that Domi would miss 5-6 months after undergoing right shoulder surgery for a labral tear. That timeline will see him miss at least the first month of the NHL season.
Domi has one year remaining on his current contract, at a $5.3 million cap hit. He showed flashes of skill in Columbus, and really seemed to turn it on late, but struggled for consistency for most of the season. His shoulder injury may have had something to do with it.
Protected lists for NHL teams are due by 5 pm EST today, as the Seattle Kraken prepare for the expansion draft next Wednesday.