Seattle Kraken expansion draft: Top takeaways as newest NHL team takes shape

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What time is the Kraken expansion 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

Who will Blackhawks lose in expansion draft?

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How does Kraken expansion draft work?

By rule, the Kraken will draft at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. ... Players with two years or less of professional experience are exempt from the expansion draft, and players with no-movement clauses must be protected — unless they agree to waive them. The Washington PostHow the Seattle Kraken expansion draft will work; Carey Price, Gabriel Landeskog among unprotected

When is the NHL Draft 2021?

The Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champions, meaning the offseason can officially begin. The Seattle Expansion Draft is underway and the new team will have their roster announced on Wednesday, July 21st. Once that's done, the 2021 NHL Draft will get underway on July 23rd and 24th. Pension Plan Puppets2021 NHL Draft Order: all seven rounds and where the Leafs pick

AP sources: Larsson, Driedger to Kraken in expansion draft

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Seattle plans to select Chris Driedger from the Florida Panthers, a late bloomer who was a pending free agent, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The 27-year-old Canadian goalie has agreed to a $10.5 million, three-year contract.

It was one of at least two signings the Kraken got done before submitting their expansion draft selections by Wednesday morning's deadline, about 10 hours before the draft. Another person with knowledge of the move said they agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Larsson on a $16 million, four-year contract.

Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team was not announcing any moves until the draft.

The Kraken have 30 picks in the draft, one from every team except Vegas. Mock drafts have been popular for months about what Seattle might do in a milestone event for the city.

Picking Driedger cast doubt on the likelihood of Seattle selecting Montreal goaltender Carey Price, who was stellar on a run to the Stanley Cup Final but has a questionable injury status. Price is signed for five more years at a salary cap hit of $10.5 million, and the potential of him missing the start of next season rehabbing from knee surgery clouded the situation.

Larsson, a 28-year-old Swede, was a pending free agent the Edmonton Oilers were interested in re-signing but still left unprotected after trading for Duncan Keith.

“He is obviously an unrestricted free agent," Oilers general manager Ken Holland said recently, “and Adam has to make a decision as to what he feels is best for himself and his career.”

Larsson, a veteran of 603 NHL regular-season and 24 playoff games, can now be a top-four option on the right side of the Kraken blue line in their inaugural season.

Driedger had found his form the past two seasons with Florida. He went 21-8-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Still, the Panthers expected to lose Driedger, either to Seattle or in free agency. They have two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky signed long term and have top prospect Spencer Knight ready to step in.

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Fans and businesses prepare for Seattle Kraken's NHL Expansion Draft at Gas Works Park

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The park will be closed to the public on Wednesday, but future Kraken fans can watch the draft on ESPN2 or at nearby bars.

The Seattle Kraken will take center stage as the city’s new professional hockey team prepares to announce its new players. The team will host a star-studded NHL Expansion Draft at Gas Works Park on July 21.

Crews continued preparing the stage on Tuesday ahead of the big event that will broadcast live on ESPN2. Sports legends like Sue Bird, Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton are slated to announce the draft picks.

The entire park will be closed Wednesday since the space will be used as a filming set. About 4,000 hockey fans who were lucky enough to score a free ticket are expected to attended the show.

Ticket holders must keep all lawn chairs and umbrellas at home. Tickets are not available for purchase on-site the day of, and there is no assigned seating. Fans can bring signs just as long as they’re no larger than two by three feet without poles attached. Fans will have to go through metal detectors and bag checks at the gates for safety. Details about the prohibited items policy are available online.

A giant screen will be near Lake Union so boaters can watch from the water. Boaters can tune into 104.2 FM for event audio while on the water.

For those who don’t have tickets to the event, the Kraken is partnering with several area businesses to host watch parties and offer gift giveaways. Rookies Sports Bar and Grill in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood expects to be packed with people watching the show.

"I think it’s good for the energy, for sure. And we have a lot of people that come here just for other hockey games, so it’s just going to be really awesome that they can finally come here or go to an actual game that’s Seattle-based," said Shantelle Knapstad, Rookies general manager.

Hockey fan Ernie Martin plans to be at Rookies to watch the show.

"It’s the beginning of a new creation of sports for Seattle," said Martin. "Outstanding opportunity for sports fans like myself to enjoy."

The Kraken provided partnering restaurants with free swag to give to fans, like t-shirts, hats and flags. The gifts are available on a first come, first served basis. Knapstad said she believes the excitement about the team could help the local economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think people have just been waiting for this for so long, especially with COVID. It’s finally here, we finally have a hockey team," said Knapstad.

Other businesses partnering with the team for watch parties include Chandler’s Cove, Queen Anne Beer Hall, Petoskeys Sports Bar and Grill, Ozzie's, LTD, George and Dragon, Double J Saloon, Angry Beaver and more. 

A full list of locations in Seattle and outside of Seattle are available on the team's website.

The event is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., with the live broadcast of the draft selection beginning at 5 p.m.

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