PV decided to protect:
The most glaring omissions to the protected list are Omar Bravo and Seth Sinovic. Bravo being left off will, I am sure, spur plenty of rumors that he is now in Vermes's doghouse for his comments about his lack of playing time during the playoffs, but I honestly can't think of a good reason not to protect Bravo, and certainly not over a player like Davy Arnaud who, like Bravo, is older, expensive, and injured last season.
Sinovic being left unprotected is stunning. He's a hometown guy who played great for us down the stretch while making the league minimum. If I were Montreal, I would leap on taking him in a heartbeat.
Julio Cesar being protected was a necessity due to the international rule, but I am already willing to venture a guess that protecting Davy Arnaud will prove to be one of the biggest mistakes Vermes has or will do in his tenure at SKC.