Rangers go with 7 forwards, 3 defense, and 1 goalie as protection list is official

The Rangers expansion protection list is official. They’ve protected 7 forwards, 3 defensemen, and 1 goalie, as expected. Here is the full list:

The surprise here is Rooney, since most of us thought he would be exposed. This means that Colin Blackwell, Phil Di Giuseppe, and Julien Gauthier will be left exposed in expansion. They will likely lose Gauthier, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s Blackwell.