'It's hard to feel overly optimistic': National media react to the Kraken's picks in the NHL expansion draft

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The Seattle Times 22 July, 2021 - 01:15pm 8 views

What time is the Kraken draft?

The Kraken expansion draft is set for 5 p.m. PT at Seattle's Gas Works Park, which sits at the north end of Lake Union in the middle of the city. The AthleticNHL Expansion Draft: Live mocks, picks, predictions, start time, leaks as Seattle Kraken add to their roster

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New Kraken goalie Chris Driedger, who flew into Seattle on Wednesday morning, spoke with the media backstage. He has a reported three-year, $10.5 million contract. The Seattle Times2021 NHL expansion draft full coverage: Recapping Seattle Kraken's player selections

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Kraken kick off expansion draft by taking Bruins’ Jeremy Lauzon, full roster forming

Q13 FOX (Seattle) 22 July, 2021 - 06:02pm

Boaters were out in the dozens on Lake Union on Wednesday as the Seattle Kraken expansion draft gets underway at Gas Works Park

The Seattle Kraken chose Boston defenseman Jeremy Lauzon with the first pick in their expansion draft Wednesday night.

They introduced pending free agent Chris Driedger as their first goaltender and passed on Montreal’s Carey Price. Driedger agreed to terms on a $10.5 million, three-year contract to join Seattle. Driedger, the former Florida goalie who became the first player to show off the Kraken’s home jersey, called it a "life-changing moment."

Price’s cap hit of $10.5 — annually — for the next five seasons, plus the 34-year-old’s questionable injury history, led to Seattle passing on him.

"Any time you see a name like Carey Price available, you have to consider it," Kraken general manager Ron Francis said. "Certainly we did that, we had a lot of discussions. And at the end of the day, we made the decision that we did to go in a different direction."

The expansion draft unfolded in anti-climactic fashion after all 30 selections leaked out hours before the expansion draft began.

An octopus from the Seattle Aquarium revealed the pick of Detroit defenseman Dennis Cholowski. Toronto forward Jared McCann’s name was written on a piece of paper attached to a fish at Seattle’s legendary Pike Place Market.

"It’s a new challenge," said winger Jordan Eberle, who was chosen from the New York Islanders. "You don’t get many opportunities to be part of a new franchise, and any time you get that opportunity to bring the Cup to a city that’s never had it before, it’s pretty special."

Seattle had the Stanley Cup once before in 1917 when the city’s team was the Metropolitans.

It’s up to Francis and the Kraken to try to bring it back, and the expansion strategy seemed to mimic the Vegas Golden Knights making some off-the-board picks rather than taking big stars.

Price was the biggest star not to go to the Kraken, but Driedger said that did not factor in his decision to agree to a contract.

"I had no clue who my goalie partner would be," he said. "I’m kind of just betting on myself in that situation."

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