A lot of the expansion draft discussion in Pittsburgh surrounded whether or not the team would protect forward Jared McCann.
They ended that discussion by trading him on Saturday to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In exchange for McCann the Penguins will receive prospect Filip Hallander and a 2023 seventh-round draft pick.
Hallander was originally a second-round draft pick by the Penguins in 2018 and traded to Toronto before the 2020-21 season in the Kasperi Kapanen trade. Now he is on his way back to Pittsburgh.
The fact the Penguins traded McCann for that sort of return is a pretty clear sign he was not going to be on their protected list for the Seattle expansion draft.