Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is not on the team's protected list for the expansion draft, according to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post.

By omitting Landeskog, who is a pending unrestricted free agent, the Avalanche will give the Seattle Kraken an exclusive opportunity to negotiate with the 28-year-old before free agency opens on July 28.

This will be the case for all unprotected free agents heading into the draft. The Kraken will have between Sunday morning, when protected lists are released, and Wednesday night when the expansion draft itself takes place to work toward deals without competition.