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Who did the Seattle Kraken take in the expansion draft?

11:45 a.m. — Seattle has perhaps found its first captain in 37-year-old Mark Giordano, plucked from new Pacific Dvision rival Flames. BREAKING - I can confirm that the Seattle Kraken have chosen Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano as their pick at the Expansion Draft, to be announced this evening. Sporting NewsSeattle Kraken draft results: Complete roster, list of picks from the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft

The choice was announced during Wednesday evening’s televised expansion draft show on ESPN2. It was an anticlimactic event, as name after name from the 30 teams from which the Kraken picked their roster was leaked on Twitter during the afternoon. The Kraken weren't deterred from playing up the entertainment angle: It was an octopus named Licorice from the Seattle Aquarium that revealed Cholowski's name.

Hronek was a lock to be protected, and there was room for Lindstrom, 22, and Cholowski, 23, until general manager Steve Yzerman traded for Leddy July 16. Lindstrom plays a safe, smart game, but he doesn’t have the offensive flash Cholowski possesses.

Cholowski appeared in 16 games this season, recording three points. In 13 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins, he produced three goals and seven assists. Cholowski had 10 goals and 27 points in 104 career games with the Wings.

Cholowski's lack of development has disappointed the Wings, but exposing him could backfire. He's an NHL-caliber defenseman, and the Kraken clearly believe he can still emerge as such. 

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Leaked Seattle Kraken picks: Red Wings were last unknown ahead of expansion draft

WDIV ClickOnDetroit 22 July, 2021 - 08:00pm

Nearly every NHL team’s pick was leaked by reporters as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, minus the one and only Detroit Red Wings. It’s not surprising that Steve Yzerman’s Red Wings was the team whose pick took longer to be leaked. Yzerman has been known to keep a good lid on this kind of information.

UPDATE 5:35 p.m. Wednesday: SportNet’s Mark Spector reports defenseman Dennis Cholowski is Seattle’s pick from the Red Wings. Spector reported the Kraken were unable to reach Cholowski for much of the day.

Meanwhile, any trades that Seattle has made will not be leaked before the actual draft event Wednesday night. The 2017 Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft included 10 trades.

The Kraken have to choose 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Twenty of those players must be under contract currently.

Here’s what has been leaked so far -- none of this is final until the actual draft picks are officially announced Wednesday night:

Anaheim: D Haydn Fleury (source)

Arizona: F Tyler Pitlick (source)

Boston: D Jeremy Lauzon (source)

Buffalo: D Will Borgen (source)

Calgary: D Mark Giordano (source)

Carolina: F Morgan Geekie (source)

Chicago: F John Quenneville (source)

Colorado: F Joonas Donskoi (source)

Columbus: D Gavin Bayreuther (source)

Dallas: D Jamie Oleksiak (source)

Detroit: D Dennis Cholowski (source)

Edmonton: D Adam Larsson (source)

Florida: G Chris Driedger (source)

Los Angeles: D Kurtis MacDermid (source)

Minnesota: D Carson Soucy (source)

Montreal: D Cale Fleury (source)

Nashville: F Calle Jarnkrok (source)

New Jersey: F Nathan Bastian (source)

New York Islanders: F Jordan Eberle (source)

New York Rangers: F Colin Blackwell (source)

Ottawa: G Joey Daccord (source)

Philadelphia: F Carsen Twarynski (source)

Pittsburgh: F Brandon Tanev (source)

San Jose: F Alexander True (source)

St. Louis: D Vince Dunn (source)

Tampa Bay: F Yanni Gourde (source)

Toronto: F Jared McCann (source)

Vancouver: F Kole Lind (source)

Washington: G Vitek Vanecek (source)

Winnipeg: F Mason Appleton (source)

D Troy Stecher

Defenseman Troy Stecher appeared ripe for Seattle’s picking. With one year left on his contract he costs just $1.7 million against the cap. He’s only 27 years old.

Stecher signed a two-year deal with Detroit in October 2020. He immediately helped improve the Red Wings defense with his quickness and skilled puck-moving ability. He also is coming off of a really strong international tournament for Canada. He could have helped the Kraken form their top six, perhaps their top four.

F Vladislav Namestnikov

Vladislav Namestnikov, 28, also first signed with Detroit in October -- a two-year deal with a $2 million cap hit each season. This season was a bit of a struggle for him with just 8 goals and 9 assists through 53 games played. But he was part of a team that struggled to find offense from, well, everyone. Namestnikov could slide into another team’s top nine to play either the wing or center.

D Dennis Cholowski

I considered Dennis Cholowski a long shot for Seattle to pick, but if they are looking for a younger defenseman with size and potential then Cholowski is a good option. He’s just 23 years young but already has 104 NHL games on his resume.

Cholowski was drafted 20th overall in 2016.

F Evgeni Svechnikov

Evgeni Svechnikov, 24, has battled through injuries in his young NHL career. He finally cracked Detroit’s lineup this past season, appearing in 21 games for 3 goals and 5 assists. The 19th overall pick in 2015 is also a restricted free agent now.

F Frans Nielsen

Let’s imagine Seattle was somehow desperate to get 20 players that are under contract, then Nielsen fit the bill. The 37-year-old center/winger has a year left on his contract at $5.25 against the cap. His performance has declined quite dramatically over the past couple of seasons. He’s not the solid two-way center he once was.

The full list of unprotected Red Wings can be found here.

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Here's a look at the Red Wings' 2021-22 regular-season schedule

The Detroit News 22 July, 2021 - 06:17pm

The Wings will host 17 weekend home games (four Fridays, 10 Saturdays and three Sundays), ultimately ending the regular-season before ending April 29 in New Jersey.

This season's 82-game slate, which includes a 20-day break spanning from Feb. 3-22 for the NHL All-Star Game and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, features 26 games against Atlantic Division rivals, three games against the eight teams in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division (24 games) and two games against all 16 Western Conference foes (32 games).

The opener kicks off a home-friendly start to the season for the Red Wings, with four straight games hosted at Little Caesars Arena.

Game times for the 2021-22 regular season will be announced at a later date.

Ticket on-sale information for the preseason and regular season will be announced in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, Nov. 24, vs. St. Louis

Saturday, Dec. 4, vs. N.Y Islanders

Thursday, Dec. 9, at St. Louis

Tuesday, Dec. 14 vs. N.Y. Islanders

Saturday, Dec. 18, vs. New Jersey

Monday, Dec. 27, at N.Y. Rangers

Tuesday, Jan. 4, vs. San Jose 

Tuesday, Jan. 11, at San Jose

Saturday, March 26, vs. Tampa Bay

Wednesday, March 30, vs. N.Y. Rangers

Saturday, April 16, at N.Y. Rangers

Sunday, April 24, at New Jersey

Rangers to move on from D Brendan Smith in free agency: report

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According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers will move on from defenseman Brendan Smith.

The 32-year-old veteran has played in parts of five seasons with the Rangers, dating back to when he was traded to New York from the Detroit Red Wings in 2016-17. He then signed a four-year deal with the Blue Shirts worth $17.4 million.

In 234 games with the Rangers, Smith didn’t quite live up to that contract, as he recorded 43 total points to go along with 313 penalty minutes, 194 blocked shots, and a -12 +/- rating.

His 2020-21 season may have been his best as a Ranger, as he scored five goals (tied for his career high) while also playing as a forward when needed.

Forward Barkley Goodrow, who just finished helping the Tampa Bay Lightning win consecutive Stanley Cups, has signed a six-year contract with the New York Rangers. General Manager Chris Drury announced the signing on Thursday, less than a week after acquiring the rights to the unrestricted free agent from the Lightning for a seventh-round draft pick in 2022. Goodrow skated in 55 games with Tampa Bay this past season, collecting six goals and 14 assists along with a team-best, plus-16 rating.

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Carolina traded its playoff starting goaltender to Detroit to avoid arbitration. Philadelphia sent a high draft pick to Arizona to take on a pricey defenseman. The New York Rangers gave a back-to-back Stanley Cup winner a contract reigning champion Tampa Bay never could have afforded.

Tyler Pitlick goes from Kraken to Flames, as well.

The Carolina Hurricanes have parted with their Calder-nominated netminder in a deal with the Red Wings.

Carolina’s regular-season schedule begins Oct. 14 at PNC Arena and ends April 29 at Pittsburgh against the Penguins.

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney gave an update Thursday on free agent center David Krejci's NHL future.

Billye Aaron has now tested negative twice for COVID-19 since she was exposed to Yankees star Aaron Judge at the All-Star Game last week.

Thousands of fans lined downtown Milwaukee streets on Thursday to catch a glimpse of their beloved Bucks in a parade to celebrate the city’s first NBA championship in half a century. Six police officers on horseback clopped past cheering fans at the head of a procession that included a hook-and-ladder fire truck, occasionally blaring its horn, and open-air buses and flatbed trucks carrying Bucks stars including Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, as well as the trophy they captured Tuesday night with a Game 6 victory over Phoenix. Fans could be heard chanting, “Bucks in 6," an odd but popular rallying cry with roots in a former Bucks player's fruitless prediction in 2013 that the team would take down the playoffs' top seed at the time.

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Nelson Cruz packed up his big bat and joined a contender. The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Cruz, one of baseball's most proven sluggers, in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Cruz was well aware of the likelihood he'd be dealt this month, with the disappointing Twins well out of contention.

Vitek Vanecek's teammates will miss the 25-year-old, as he heads to Seattle for the upcoming season.

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