When do the Seattle Kraken draft?
The Seattle Kraken are officially on the clock. On Sunday, the NHL released the available and protected lists for the 30 other teams ahead of the Kraken's expansion draft, which will take place July 21 (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2). USA TODAYNHL expansion draft: Protected lists ahead of Seattle Kraken's roster selection
What time is the NHL expansion draft?
When is the NHL Expansion Draft taking place? The draft will take place on July 21, 2021, at Gas Works Park in Seattle, and it will be televised in both the United States and Canada. Coverage will begin at 20:00 EDT on ESPN2 in the US, whilst Canadian viewers will need to tune into Sportsnet or SN NOW. MARCA.comThe 2021 NHL Expansion Draft: Date, time, TV channel and rules
When are protected lists due NHL?
The deadline for the NHL to approve and distribute the protection lists is 10 a.m. Sunday. Once that is done, Seattle's RFA/UFA interview period immediately begins for exposed players. WDIV ClickOnDetroitFollow updates: NHL teams announce Seattle expansion draft protection lists
Is Ovechkin protected?
Alex Ovechkin is not on the protected list and is now among the players available to Seattle in the expansion draft, but the Kraken won't take him. Ovechkin is a pending unrestricted free agent as 2021 was the final year of his contract. That means if Seattle takes him, he can leave as a free agent soon after. NBC4 WashingtonTrevor Van Riemsdyk Is the Big Surprise on Capitals' Protected List
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NEW YORK / TORONTO - The National Hockey League today announced the special guests taking part in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft™ presented by Upper Deck. The Seattle Kraken™ will reveal its initial roster for its 2021-22 inaugural season live from Gas Works Park in Seattle on Wednesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. ET. on ESPN2 in the U.S. and on Sportsnet ONE, SN NOW and TVA Sports in Canada.
The Kraken have enlisted frontline workers from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and Seattle sports stars - past and present - Sue Bird, Marshawn Lynch, Lenny Wilkens, Jordan Morris, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Bobby Wagner and Kyle Lewis to help GM Ron Francis unveil the team's selections. In addition, Kraken owner and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, GRAMMY Award-winning artist Macklemore, women's hockey legend and Kraken scout Cammi Granato, Kraken Intersectionality consultant Chanel Keenan and members of Western Washington Female Hockey and the Anchorage Hockey Academy will also take part.
"The excitement in Seattle for all things Kraken is tremendous and we hope to showcase that in the broadcast of the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft," said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Producer of the event. "With support from the entire sports, arts and cultural communities in Seattle, we look forward to producing a memorable show that will not only celebrate the new members of the Kraken team but the city of Seattle."
Hosted by Chris Fowler, Dominic Moore and Kevin Weekes, the broadcast will also feature Seattle locals, including Kraken season ticket holders, construction workers from the Kraken's new home, Climate Pledge Arena, and iconic locations like the Pike Place Market, Seattle Aquarium, Space Needle and Mt. Rainier. The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck is produced by NHL Original Productions.
NHL.com, NHL Network and NHL Social will provide extensive coverage. Fans can join in the conversation using the official hashtag #SeattleDraft.
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