Seattle Kraken Expected To Sign Adam Larsson, Jamie Oleksiak

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The Seattle Kraken used their exclusive negotiating window with unrestricted free agents to start building their roster ahead of Wednesday night's NHL expansion draft reveal.

Sources confirmed to ESPN that Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson has agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with the Kraken and that Florida Panthers goalie Chris Driedger has agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal with Seattle.

Both players will count as Seattle's selections from those teams in the expansion draft.

Another pending free agent, Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak, has also been engaged in talks with the Kraken.

Larsson, 28, has rounded into the kind of defensive defenseman the Oilers hoped he'd become when they made a one-for-one-trade with the New Jersey Devils for Taylor Hall in 2016. There were expectations that Larsson would pair well with Edmonton's newly acquired defenseman Duncan Keith, but Larsson opted for a change of scenery.

Driedger, 27, had a breakout season with the Panthers, going 14-6-3 in 23 games with a .927 save percentage and a 2.07 goals-against average. But with the Panthers having to protect Sergei Bobrovsky in the expansion draft due to his no-move clause, and with top prospect Spencer Knight having arrived on the team last season, Driedger was expected to move on.

The Kraken had an exclusive negotiating window with unrestricted free agents from Sunday to Tuesday. They submitted their expansion lists to the NHL on Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET. The first roster of Seattle Kraken players will be revealed at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Sporting News 21 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

On Wednesday night, general manager Ron Francis, aided by a plethora of big names including women's basketball star Sue Bird, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Marshawn Lynch, will announce the 30 guys he's taking from your favorite team during a broadcast on ESPN.

Until then, who will don the Kraken jersey come October is still a subject of speculation, but that hasn't stopped the mock drafts to flow, the rumors to swirl and the news to leak out early. Seattle submitted its picks to the NHL before the 10 a.m. ET deadline.

Sporting News is tracking the latest rumored selections and side deals until the Kraken announce the players who will join their lineup.

The Kraken must pick at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Twenty of the 30 players selected must have contracts for 2021-22 and all contracts must be cap compliant (ceiling is $81.5 million). Also, a quick reminder: the Golden Knights are exempt.

3 p.m. — Only one team is left. Who was taken from the Red Wings? All signs point to Troy Stecher but based on other picks who knows.

12:31 p.m. — Among the biggest surprises of the expansion draft so far, Seattle opted not to select Max Domi from the Blue Jackets and instead took a 27-year-old defenseman who played nine NHL games in 2020-21.

Told the #CBJ did not make any side deals with #SeaKraken regarding the selection of D Gavin Bayreuther.

12:05 p.m. — Hurricanes defenseman Jake Bean was the assumed pick from Carolina, but Seattle instead goes with Morgan Geekie.

11:58 a.m. — Seattle's pick from the Jets could indicate Winnipeg negotiated a side deal to stop the Kraken from taking defenseman Dylan DeMelo.

Winnipeg Jets will lose Mason Appleton to the Kraken.

11:53 a.m. — So far Seattle GM Ron Francis has been cautious to avoid bloated contracts.

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.

11:37 a.m. — Seattle has reportedly sourced its goalies from Florida, Washington and Ottawa.

Sounds like the three goaltenders selected by #SeaKraken will be Chris Driedger (FLA), Vitek Vanecek (WSH) and Joey Daccord (OTT).@DFOHockey

11:33 a.m. — Kaapo Kahkonen was widely speculated to be one of Seattle's goalie selections. 

11:30 a.m. — The NHL Expansion Draft has so far been a buzzkill for anyone hoping for chaos. Gabriel Landeskog, a pending UFA, won't be Seattle's pick from Colorado.

Know some fans are wondering about this…but hearing SEA did not reach an agreement with Gabriel Landeskog.

11:21 a.m. — This means Alex Kerfoot is staying put in Toronto.

11:16 a.m. — Another big name who won't be headed to Seattle.

11:10 a.m. — It appears Carey Price to Seattle was all talk.

According to sources, the Kraken did NOT select Carey Price in the expansion draft. He remains property of the Montreal Canadiens@TSNHockey @TheAthletic

11:07 a.m. — Could Vladimir Tarasenko be at the center of one of today's biggest side deals?

If the Kraken take Tarasenko from the Blues (and I have no confirmation they will), hearing there are teams that have already told Seattle they would trade for him if the Kraken would retain salary... @TSNHockey @TheAthletic

10:40 a.m. — Brandon Tanev is the Penguins guy? Interesting.

10 a.m. — The Kraken have submitted all the deets to the NHL. Now we wait.

9:57 a.m. — Another pending UFA but time is ticking on when things need to be submitted to the NHL.

The Kraken had contract talks with pending UFA Jaden Schwartz but ultimately did not sign him during the window which just closed, source confirms. So the Kraken's pick will be another Blues player. Dunn? Tarasenko?@TSNHockey @TheAthletic

9:05 a.m. — A little shocking that Larsson is not re-signing with the Oilers who reportedly offered him similar money.

9:42 a.m.. — Any thought of the Kraken taking anyone but Gourde appears to be squashed.

8:58 a.m. — The first news comes down. If it is in fact Larsson and Oleksiak, they will be the only players Seattle can select from the Oilers and Stars, respectively.

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