NHL expansion draft: Kraken's roster coming into focus, led by Mark Giordano


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The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft is set to air Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. ET. The Seattle Kraken will be selecting one player from each of 30 of the 31 NHL rosters to fill out much of their roster in advance of Friday's league-wide rookie draft. The Expansion Draft will air on ESPN2. DraftKings NationNHL Expansion Draft live stream 2021: How to watch Seattle Kraken fill out roster on TV, via live online stre…

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What channel is the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft on? The draft is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 21. ESPN2 will broadcast the event live in the United States, marking the beginning of the network's new contract with the NHL. Sporting NewsWhat channel is the NHL Expansion Draft on today? Time, rules, top players for Seattle Kraken team selection

Who will the Kraken take?

Report: Kraken will take Carson Soucy out of Minnesota The Kraken passed on young netminder Kaapo Kahkonen and reportedly took Carson Soucy, 26, who projects as a bottom-four defenseman with two remaining years on a manageable contract. The Seattle TimesLive: 2021 NHL expansion draft updates: Which players will Seattle Kraken select to build roster?

The Seattle Kraken's inaugural roster is starting to take shape, with sources confirming multiple expansion draft selections prior to Wednesday evening's official announcement.

Seattle's blue line will have a veteran presence with sources confirming to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun that the Kraken have selected Mark Giordano from the Flames and Adam Larsson from the Oilers.

But it was the available players that Seattle didn't select that made waves earlier on Wednesday, with sources confirming that Seattle wouldn't pick either Montreal's Carey Price or Colorado's pending unrestricted free agent Gabriel Landeskog. Both players were left unprotected by their respective clubs.

Price, 33, waived his no-movement clause over the weekend, but according to sources, the Kraken have decided to instead take defenseman Cale Fleury from Montreal.

Landeskog, who posted 20 goals, 32 assists and 52 points for Colorado this season, will be able to explore free agency on July 28 or re-sign with the Avs.

Up front, the Kraken bolstered their offense by selecting Jordan Eberle from the Islanders. The 31-year-old winger posted 16 goals and 17 assists last season and has three years remaining on his current deal, carrying an annual cap hit of $5.5 million.

Larsson was left unprotected ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft, giving the Kraken the chance to enter early negotiations for a long-term deal and the two sides were able to agree on a four-year deal with an annual value of $4 million, a source confirmed to LeBrun. The 28-year-old has spent the last five years with the Edmonton Oilers, posting 16 goals, 52 assists and 68 points in 329 games.

After struggling with injuries in 2019, Larsson played in 56 games for the Oilers during the 2020-21 season, averaging just under 20 minutes of ice time.

Calgary will be looking for a new captain now that Giordano is headed to Seattle. The 37-year-old blueliner had 26 points for the Flames last season, tallying nine goals and 17 assists.

A source also confirmed Seattle will select defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the Stars. Olesiak, 28, had six goals and 14 points in 56 games with Dallas last season.

Later on Wednesday, sources confirmed to The Athletic that Seattle has also selected Cale Fleury's brother, Haydn, a defenseman from the Ducks. Other picks confirmed include forward Mason Appleton from the Jets and forward Morgan Geekie from the Hurricanes.

For more, follow The Athletic's expansion draft live blog and selection tracker.

This is a developing story. More to come.

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We've used the actual NHL protection lists to make our best guess at what the Seattle Kraken will look like on Wednesday night.

A look at the intriguing names available and what it would mean if they were part of the roster in the Kraken's inaugural campaign.

Keep track of all the trades, rumors and signings during the busiest time in the NHL calendar.

We've used the actual NHL protection lists to make our best guess at what the Seattle Kraken will look like on Wednesday night.

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New Orleans Saints: 10 players to protect in a hypothetical expansion draft

Who Dat Dish 20 July, 2021 - 12:00pm

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Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

For the New Orleans Saints fans who aren’t into hockey, the NHL is having an expansion draft on Wednesday night. The Seattle Kraken is joining the NHL and that means the other teams have to protect players in order for the Kraken not to steal those players away.

Per the NHL rules:

The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft is being conducted under the same rules for the Kraken as the Golden Knights in 2017. Current NHL teams were able to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender.

We’ll frame this article as if NFL teams can protect 10 players since that’s right in between the rule numbers. Those players are immune from being selected by the hypothetical new team entering the league.

Who would the Saints protect if this were the case? Let’s take a look.

Including a kicker on here might seem insane but have you seen Wil Lutz play? He’s one of the best kickers in the league and the past few years have proven how important it is to have a good kicker on the roster.

Lutz has been clutch for the Saints and it’s why they felt comfortable signing him to a five-year deal worth $20 million, tying him to New Orleans through the 2023 season. Any NFL team entering the league would see Lutz’s production and try to steal him away.

Last season was Lutz’s lowest percentage completion in field goal attempts but he had his highest completion rate in extra-point attempts with 98.3%. He missed just one extra-point attempt during the 2020 season so he made sure it counted when the Saints went for one.

Teams get into kicker purgatory all the time and the Saints haven’t been in that situation in quite some time and won’t be for the next few years thanks to Lutz’s abilities. He’d be an easy pick to protect in an expansion draft.

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