Seattle Kraken mock expansion draft: Gabriel Landeskog but not Carey Price

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When do 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

Will the NHL expansion draft be televised?

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

Who is eligible for NHL expansion draft?

Players who meet the eligibility requirements — North American players 18-20 years old and European/international players 18-21 years old — will be selected by NHL teams in seven rounds. No-Movement Clause: A contract stipulation that means a player can't be traded or sent to the minors. Tacoma News TribuneWho’s going to play for the Seattle Kraken? Here’s how the NHL expansion draft works

Who will Blackhawks protect in expansion draft?

Blackhawks leave Nikita Zadorov unprotected for Kraken expansion draft. The Hawks protected Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome, Brandon Hagel, Henrik Borgstrom, David Kampf, Connor Murphy, Riley Stillman, Caleb Jones and Kevin Lankinen from the Kraken. Chicago Sun-TimesBlackhawks leave Nikita Zadorov unprotected for Kraken expansion draft

Seattle Kraken mock expansion draft: Why we’re taking Gabriel Landeskog but not Carey Price

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Analysis: Which Blackhawks Player Will be Picked by the Kraken in NHL Expansion Draft?

NBC Chicago 20 July, 2021 - 09:01am

One of the most anticipated days of the NHL offseason is finally here, as the league has announced which players will be available to the Seattle Kraken in the upcoming expansion draft.

Each team was required to make a certain number of players available to Seattle, and the Chicago Blackhawks have formally submitted their list, with 13 total players on the board for the Kraken to potentially pick up.

The big question, of course, is which Blackhawk will be packing his bags and heading to the Pacific Northwest? For your reference, here are the players available, and our prediction of who will ultimately pull on the Kraken sweater next season.

There was a bit of drama over which forwards the Blackhawks would leave unprotected in the expansion draft, and the team opted to keep Dylan Strome and David Kampf, at least for the short-term, while allowing Seattle to look over players like Carpenter, Connolly and Gaudette.

Connolly would obviously be a player the Blackhawks wouldn’t be too upset to lose, mostly because of his $3.5 million cap hit, but if Seattle swings for the fences and goes for a player like Gabriel Landeskog or Carey Price in the expansion draft, then cap space will be at more of a premium for the club, and could rule them out on Connolly.

Gaudette is another interesting possibility for Seattle. He is a restricted free agent, but he likely won’t command much of a raise from his $950,000 cap hit last season. He never quite recovered after testing positive for COVID during the season, but if he’s back in full health for the coming year, then he could be a very intriguing prospect for Seattle should they choose to go in that direction.

The Blackhawks freed up a protection spot when they traded Duncan Keith to the Edmonton Oilers, and they used it on the player that they got back in that trade, defenseman Caleb Jones.

Connor Murphy was almost a shoe-in for a protection spot, but the decision to protect Riley Stillman over Nikita Zadorov was one that caught at least some Blackhawks fans by surprise. Yes, the Blackhawks did just re-sign Stillman to a deal with a $1.35 million annual cap hit, but they also gave up Brandon Saad to acquire Zadorov, and the team had hoped that the defenseman would be a physical difference-maker on their blue line.

That didn’t quite pan out in 2020-21, and there are rumors that the team is ready to move on from Zadorov. Even still, he is a player who is only 26 years of age, and he’ll be looking to take another step forward in his development in the coming season.

The inclusion of de Haan on the unprotected list isn’t a terrible shock, as the blue liner has dealt with several injuries and carries a $4.55 million cap hit next season. Seattle could conceivably take him if they’re convinced he has a clean bill of health, but with only 44 games played and one goal and nine assists last season, it doesn’t seem like he’d be the most obvious choice in the draft.

The Blackhawks have three goaltenders under contract for next season, and it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that they were going to protect Kevin Lankinen, which is exactly what they did.

Subban appeared in 16 games last season, with a 3.20 goals against average and a .900 save percentage, so he would seem to be the more attractive candidate compared to Delia, who appeared in just six games and had a 1-3-1 record with a 3.59 goals against average.

Both netminders are very affordable next season, with Delia making $1 million and Subban collecting $850,000, but both are 27 years of age, and it’s unclear what their future roles in the NHL will be.

The three most likely players to be taken, at least in our estimation, would be Carpenter, Subban or Zadorov.

Carpenter isn’t the best offensive player to ever lace up a pair of skates, but he has several things working in his favor. He has versatility between wing and center, as well as a cheap contract that will only pay him $1 million next season.

Add to that his ability on the penalty kill, where he finished just behind David Kampf in terms of time on ice per game this season with the Blackhawks, and you have a player that could certainly draw some interest.

Subban is a bit more of a wild card. He appeared in 16 games for the Blackhawks this season, with a 6-8-1 record, a 3.20 goals against average and a .900 save percentage, so he isn’t the best statistical goalie on earth, but for a team looking for a solid second or third-string option in net, he is certainly an intriguing pick, especially with a salary below $1 million per season.

Zadorov is also a player that could potentially garner some interest from the Kraken. Unlike de Haan, there really isn’t much of an injury concern with the physical defenseman, and although he only had one goal and seven assists, Seattle might look at him as a player with untapped potential, who could thrive in a new system after struggling to adjust in Chicago.

His contract situation might complicate things for Seattle, who may not be willing to give him a significant raise from the $3.2 million he made with the Blackhawks last season. If they can get him to agree to a deal around the $4 million mark, he could potentially make a solid second-pairing defenseman, and one that would allow Seattle to make some other higher-priced moves.

All things considered, Carpenter would seem to be the player that would make the most sense in terms of filling needs and coming with a low price tag, but Seattle might be tempted to see what they can do with Zadorov. We’ll lean toward Zadorov being the pick, with Carpenter just behind him.

Spotlight on Seattle as Expansion Draft looms — The Fourth Period

The Fourth Period 20 July, 2021 - 09:01am

VANCOUVER, BC — The lists are in and Seattle’s on the clock. In the coming days, we’ll start to hear whispers about which players the Kraken plan on selecting in Wednesday’s Expansion Draft and some potential trades GM Ron Francis makes as he builds the NHL’s 32nd franchise.

After a flurry of moves happened prior to Saturday’s 3pm ET transaction freeze, Seattle holds most of the cards. The Kraken have plenty of options ahead of them and if you’re a hockey fan, the excitement should continue going into Wednesday, quickly followed by the resumption of signings/trades on Thursday starting at 1pm ET and then the NHL Draft beginning on Friday night.

The Kraken must select a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defencemen and three goalies and end up with 30 players in total. At least 20 players selected must be under contract for the 2021-22 season, and their combined cap hit must add up to at least 60% of the $81.5 million cap ($48.9M). The Kraken cannot exceed the cap via the draft.

We believe the Kraken will be signing and selecting goaltender Chris Driedger from the Florida Panthers, presumably to be the club’s No.1 goalie. They want a veteran backup and someone like Vancouver’s Branden Holtby or Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick could be an option, but with Minnesota exposing Kaapo Kahkonen, unless a deal is made with the Wild to keep the Kraken from selecting him, I’m not sure Francis would pass on the 24-year-old. Washington’s Vitek Vanecek could also be a possibility.

The rest of the roster is up in the air. The Kraken want to be a fast, gritty team to play against. Mix in some goal scoring and a sound defensive corps, and they should be a wildcard contender by April.

Francis has indicated the importance of cap space. They’re willing to spend it, but they won’t do it foolishly. I’m not convinced picking Carey Price and his $10.5 million cap hit makes much sense, especially with Driedger in the fold.

Will pricey players like Adam Henrique, Jakub Voracek, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jordan Eberle, Max Domi, Mark Giordano, Nino Niederreiter, Alex Kerfoot and any of Tampa’s forwards (Yanni Gourde, Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson or Ondrej Palat) be realistic targets for Seattle? Some of them, sure, but all?

Vegas traded away five players they selected in the 2017 Expansion Draft, and we’ll likely see a few Seattle moves this year.

There are teams interested in Tarasenko that couldn’t get a deal done with St. Louis. According to sources, those clubs have already spoken with the Kraken about picking Tarasenko and flipping him to their club, with Seattle retaining a portion of his contract, for a collage of assets. Do the Panthers, Islanders, Flyers and Bruins get in on that action? It sounds like a possibility.

The Flyers and Kraken have discussed Voracek, who has three-years left on his contract and comes with an $8.25 million cap hit, and those talks will continue. I’m curious to see what the Flyers throw Seattle’s way to take on that contract.

One player the Kraken have interest in is Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who went unprotected. The Avs and Landeskog remain far apart on a deal – negotiations can continue during the transaction freeze – and the Kraken will be reaching out to see what type of contract he’s looking for. The last four-year offer Colorado pitched wasn’t in the ballpark and a longer-term deal is something the Kraken will have to present if they want to sign and select Landeskog.

Seattle will be wheeling and dealing until their list is submitted at 10am ET on Wednesday. The Kraken will have some players in attendance at their Expansion Draft later that evening. Who shows up is still a mystery.

The Columbus Blue Jackets already have a lot on their plate, roster wise. They continue to traverse the Seth Jones trade market landscape – the Dallas Stars are very interested in him – and take calls on goalie Joonas Korpisalo, but there’s more ahead for GM Jarmo Kekalainen.

In the last 36 hours, multiple sources told me the Blue Jackets also gauging the market on Patrik Laine.

Laine, 23, can become a restricted free agent (with arbitration rights) on July 28. He was acquired, along with Jack Roslovic, from Winnipeg for Pierre-Luc Dubois earlier in the season. The hope was he’d reelevate his game after a change of scenery and return to being one of the best young snipers in the league. The Blue Jackets are still hopeful, but they’re also keeping their options open in the event contract negotiations, which haven’t started yet, go sideways.

Several teams had interest in Laine before he was dealt to Columbus. The Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers expressed interest in the past and could circle back again this month.

Laine, in an interview Tuesday with Finnish media outlet Aamulehti, said he “completely turned off” his hockey switch since his rough season ended. He needs to recharge and regroup ahead of next season.

In comments translated by NHL.com, Laine also said he hopes to stay in Columbus, “but you can never be sure what happens. I got traded once.”

For now, Kekalainen is doing his due diligence. Nothing more. Not yet. Once contract discussions get going in a few weeks, the Blue Jackets will have a better idea on the route they want to take.

The Buffalo Sabres have been working the trade lines and GM Kevyn Adams has been putting in the work. Aside from Jack Eichel, who still doesn’t have a clear path on what surgery he will have to repair his herniated discs, the Sabres have multiple players they’re chatting about.

Pending restricted free agent Sam Reinhart is not expected to be with the Sabres much longer. The Sabres had talks with a few teams about Reinhart leading up to Saturday’s freeze and depending on whom you talk to, there’s uncertainly over how close a move actually was. But the writing is on the wall and Reinhart’s long-term future in the NHL doesn’t have the Sabres in it.

Moving Reinhart, who had an impressive 25-goal season under the circumstances, will bring back a solid return for the Sabres. They’d like to replace his spot in the lineup with a young, NHL-ready player as part of a package.

Trade talks will continue this week and the Sabres could make headway around the NHL Draft. Adams is willing to stand firm, though, until he gets the package he wants.

The Arizona Coyotes are willing to listen on just about every one of their players, minus defenceman Jakob Chychrun.

Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong is trying to recoup draft picks and is willing to take on another contract or two with one-to-two years left on a player’s deal. He’s also willing to retain salary to help facilitate a trade – Phil Kessel and Darcy Kuemper appear to be candidates.

The Coyotes had a discussion with the Kraken about Oliver Ekman-Larsson, though I’m not sure much has materialized. Like Reinhart in Buffalo, Ekman-Larsson’s long-term future doesn’t seem to be in Arizona. Word has spread around the League over his exit interview, possibly the quickest in recent memory, and it certainly sounds like a move will eventually happen.

Another player expected to be on the move, though perhaps quicker than OEL, is pending restricted free agent Conor Garland.

Garland and the Coyotes haven’t discussed a contract since May, and the belief is Armstrong has focused on trying to move him rather than connect with Garland’s camp about a new deal. The Coyotes have options, as several teams have interest in Garland, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and Florida Panthers.

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