Piecing Together the Seattle Kraken: Mock NHL Expansion Draft

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Die By The Blade 19 July, 2021 - 10:27am 16 views

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 in the expansion draft?

Ovechkin (undisclosed) was not included on Washington's protected-player list Sunday ahead of Wednesday's Expansion Draft. CBSSports.comCapitals' Alex Ovechkin: Not protected for Expansion Draft

Which players would you pick up from across the league?

There were a few surprises in players left unprotected by their respective teams, but for the most part, those available for the Kraken’s taking are who was expected. With that said, there are a handful of big-name players in the mix, but building a new team is a balancing act of signings, free agents, trades and of course — the salary cap.

I’ll be honest: my first crack at an expansion draft was rough. I was careless; I didn’t really bother to consider salaries, or how long contracts were. My first roster was over $15 million over the maximum cap hit of $81.5 million! I also had a roster filled with way too many players who are set to become UFAs. With some tweaks, I was able to get my financials in order and swapped out some pending free agents for those with slightly longer contracts for a bit more stability and leverage in trades that could be executed.

Here’s what I came up with:

While there may be some uncertainty about Carey Price’s health - is he hurt? Is it a knee injury? A hip injury? - I think he’s the kind of piece that you simply cannot ignore. Exposing him in the draft is a risk from the Canadiens, and it’s just too tempting to not take him. Jonathan Quick is my other big-name goaltender. If Price is hurt & has to miss a sizeable amount of time, Quick is a great fit to step into that top role. I’ve rounded out my netminders with Malcolm Subban, who would be a fine back-up in the NHL or a top AHL goaltender.

I feel similarly about P.K. Subban as I do about Price. How can you not take him? Sure, his $9 million price tag is hefty but he’d certainly be a great face of the franchise. Add in other powerhouse D like Jake Gardiner, Erik Johnson and Kevin Shattenkirk, and supplement your blueline with younger pieces like Will Borgen and Darren Raddysh.

Up front, there are so many pieces available, but I started with Pittsburgh’s Jason Zucker. He’s your highest-paid forward on this roster but a good building block. Add in pieces like Conor Sheary, Blake Comeau and Noel Acciari, plus two-time Stanley Cup champion Mathieu Joseph. Fill out the roster with others like Ondrej Kase, Nick Bjugstad and Richard Panik.

Of course, just because the Kraken select players on Wednesday night doesn’t mean they’ll be suiting up for Seattle when the season starts. Francis can certainly take some of his pieces and swap them in trades, and will want to give himself enough flexibility to do so with some of the other players selected.

What does your expansion draft look like? I put my roster together using CapFriendly’s nifty simulator. Here’s a look at my roster with salary cap & signings info:

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Seattle Kraken plan for expansion draft as NHL teams leave players available for selection

ESPN 19 July, 2021 - 03:10pm

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price and St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko were among several star players left exposed in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft, as the NHL revealed its teams' protected lists on Sunday.

The Kraken will select one player from 30 NHL teams, as the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from the draft. The selections will be revealed beginning on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET during a 90-minute special on ESPN2.

Teams could choose to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie, or they could protect eight skaters and a goalie if they felt the need to protect a fourth defenseman -- something the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs opted to do.

Teams didn't need to protect unrestricted free agents, so players such as Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton were left exposed in the draft. The Kraken can select those players, but there's little upside in doing so, since they can sign with whichever club they choose starting July 28.

Among the notable names who are under contract for the 2021-22 season and were left exposed by their teams:

Meanwhile, the Kraken can now begin interviewing free agents who were left exposed in the expansion draft. It's expected that Florida Panthers goalie Chris Driedger, an unrestricted free agent, will be one of them. If the Kraken sign a free agent before the expansion draft, that free agent will count as the team's selected player.

Could Florida Panthers lose Driedger and Vatrano to Seattle?

Florida Hockey Now 19 July, 2021 - 12:31pm

Three years after losing two players to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, there is a report the Florida Panthers have a deal in place with the Seattle Kraken in which it would not only sign pending free agent goalie Chris Driedger, but get forward Frank Vatrano for doing so.

Frank Seravalli, formerly of TSN and now with the Daily Faceoff, reported on his latest podcast that he heard Vatrano would be part of a side deal with Seattle.

Since Driedger would be a free agent starting at noon on July 28, if Seattle were to sign him before the expansion draft, he becomes the selection from the Panthers meaning Florida wouldn’t lose anyone else.

Per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Kraken are on the verge of signing Driedger to a three-year deal worth $3.5 million per season.

So, it appears that side of the deal is done.

As we await what SEA decides with Carey Price, word is that the Kraken are closing in on FLA’s Chris Driedger at 3x$3.5M. I dont believe that precludes them from selecting Price, but one goalie appears locked-in.

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 19, 2021

Seattle, of course, wouldn’t just sign a player that it could get a week later on its own. The Kraken want something in return.

There could be a deal in the works where Seattle signs Driedger and, in return, the Panthers trade Vatrano to the Kraken (perhaps with a draft pick) for one of the players it selects from another team.

We shall see how this all works out between now and Wednesday’s expansion draft (8 p.m./ESPN2).

Seattle will select at least one player from each team in the league — save for Vegas — and deals of all shapes and sizes are being made as you read this.

On Saturday, the Panthers submitted their protected list; Vatrano was left unprotected as were the likes of Radko Gudas, Noel Acciari and Markus Nutivaara.

Losing two players to an expansion team may feel like what happened in 2018 when the Panthers gave Vegas Jonathan Marchessault for taking Reilly Smith (and his five-year, $25 million contract with a no-movement clause kicking in) off their hands.

The Panthers are losing Driedger, either to Seattle or someone else.

A free agent who is about to become paid to be an NHL starter (although the Kraken could take Montreal’s Carey Price on Wednesday), Driedger is moving on regardless of what happens with Seattle.

Vatrano is a player who is popular among his teammates and has a knack for scoring big goals.

Over the past three seasons, Vatrano has scored 58 goals — with 12 counting as game-winners. This past season alone, Vatrano scored seven game-winning goals which was most on the team.

Despite his numbers, Vatrano spent much of his time, at least this season, on Florida’s third line.

Vatrano goes into this season on the final year of the three-year extension he signed before the 2019 trade deadline and is playing with a very team-friendly $2.5 million cap hit.

“I sat down with my agent, and I said I felt this was the best spot for me,’’ Vatrano said when he signed his extension. “I am really getting an opportunity here, top-six, power play. I love it here, I don’t want anything to change.”

Based on his offensive production, Vatrano would be due a nice raise in 2022 with a little bit longer of term.

Heck, if the Panthers do trade Vatrano to Seattle they could bring him back as a free agent in 2022 although the thought here is Vatrano could become a breakout star with the expansion Kraken and sign his new deal in Seattle.

For GM Bill Zito, losing Vatrano means gaining at least a little more salary cap space and with rumors circulating he may trade defenseman Anton Stralman before Friday’s entry draft, the Panthers could potentially be getting close to $8 million more in cap room going into free agency.

With the NHL cap staying flat at $81.5 million for this coming season, Zito has already shown (by giving Chicago Riley Stillman for taking Brett Connolly’s contract) he is willing to move assets for more space.

The Panthers also have a number of young players — including Grigori Denisenko — who could use more playing time. Freeing up another forward spot would facilitate that.

Again, we’ll see what happens between now and Wednesday.

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Here is how I think we could get the most out of this situation. Make a deal where the player that comes back for Vatrano (the player the Kraken select from Tampa Bay) is one of Tampa’s 3 young exposed players, Joseph, Colton, or Barre-Boulet. Take whichever one the analytics team thinks is the next Verhaeghe, a sleeper buried behind Tampa’s depth. Tampa doesn’t get any cap relief from the expansion draft, and they lose a low AAV player to fill one of their empty roster spots. Then the Kraken can try to make another deal with Tampa to extract… Read more »

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