NHL Three Stars from Tuesday 1. Kaapo Kahkonen , Minnesota Wild We’re well beyond the point where people can just joke about Kaapo Kahkonen’s name being so similar to that of Kaapo Kakko ‘s name, then just move on. Kaapo Kahkonen’s simply on too hot of a streak. Really, it’s instead fair to wonder where Kahkonen might figure into the Calder Trophy race. Could he steal some of the thunder from teammate Kirill Kaprizov ? (OK, that might be a bit hasty.) Either way, Kahkonen and the Wild are on a red-hot run. By shutting out the Coyotes on Tuesday, the Wild are now on a five-game winning streak. As hot as the Wild are as a team, Kahkonen’s even hotter. After authoring the first shutout of his young career against the Golden Knights (26 saves on March 8), Kahkonen stopped all 31 shots to blank the Coyotes. He’s now on a personal nine-game winning streak. Between Kahkonen, Cam Talbot , and a strong team defense, the Wild have been extremely tough to score against, let . . .
After weeks and months of speculation the Seattle Kraken started to build their initial roster on Wednesday with the NHL expansion draft that saw them select 30 players (one from every other NHL team, with the exception of the Vegas Golden Knights). The opening night roster will probably look very different from what we see right now. Free agency is still ahead and there will no doubt be trades in the coming days, both side deals that teams made with Seattle for expansion draft considerations and trades involving some players that were actually selected. Still, a lot of the foundation for the inaugural season is in place so let us take a look at the initial roster and see what it says about Seattle’s approach The Kraken did not take the name players or the risky contracts When you looked at the expansion draft lists it was clear that there were several big name players available as teams looked to shed some of their contracts. Vladimir Tarasenko in St. Louis. Carey Price in . . .
The Seattle Kraken will announce their official roster on Wednesday with their expansion draft selections. They will select 30 players, one from each NHL team excluding the Vegas Golden Knights, to build initial current roster ( the rules are here ). While many of the players selected will be the foundation of the first year franchise, there will no doubt be several selections on Wednesday that never play a game for the Kraken. There are no doubt side deals being made right now with other teams for Seattle to pick a player another team likes, and then flip them for more assets. [Related: Picking Carey Price would be bold, risky move for Seattle Kraken ] Back in the 2017 expansion draft the Vegas Golden Knights immediately traded five of their initial picks, including Dave Schlemko, Trevor van Riemsdyk , Marc Methot, Calvin Pickard , and Alexei Emelin. It was a good way for Vegas to stockpile future assets and additional pieces to its organization. Seattle will . . .
The Seattle Kraken revealed its inaugural roster during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft Wednesday night. After a day of leaks, general manager Ron Francis and a bunch of Seattle special guests helped announce each of the Kraken’s 30 picks. Here’s the initial roster, with more additions to come: 2021-22 Seattle Kraken roster Anaheim Ducks : Haydn Fleury , D • $1.3M cap hit. Contract expires after 2021-22 NHL season (RFA) Arizona Coyotes : Tyler Pitlick , F • $1.75M cap hit. Contract expires after 2021-22 NHL season (UFA) Boston Bruins : Jeremy Lauzon , D • $850,000 cap hit. Contract expires after 2021-22 NHL season (RFA) Buffalo Sabres : William Borgen , D (Current RFA) Calgary Flames : Mark Giordano , D • $6.75M cap hit. Contract expires after 2021-22 NHL season (UFA) Carolina Hurricanes : Morgan Geekie , F • $750,000 cap hit. Contract expires after 2021-22 NHL season (RFA) Chicago Blackhawks : John Quenneville, F ( Current . . .
One day after the Seattle Kraken made their expansion draft picks, we now know when they’ll play their first game, and also the date of their home-opener. The NHL released 82-game schedules for all 32 teams for the 2021-22 season on Thursday. The 2021-22 NHL season schedule kicks off with a doubleheader (Lightning – Penguins and Kraken – Golden Knights) on Oct. 12. The regular season concludes on April 29, with a whopping 30 out of 32 NHL teams participating. It’s not yet clear if the NHL will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics, so that could prompt some changes to the 2021-22 schedule. If you want 2021-22 season schedules for specific teams, they are linked at the bottom of this post. Here are some quick notes about 2021-22 NHL season schedules. Kraken debut during 2021-22 season; Lightning raise banner, Islanders open new arena The Kraken will play their first-ever NHL regular-season game on the road against the Golden Knights on Oct. 12. Eventually, the Kraken . . .
The 2021 NHL Draft began as expected: with the Sabres selecting Owen Power first overall. From there, we saw surprises, including one that required a team statement . With Round 1 complete on Friday, follow along on PHT for results from Rounds 2-7. 2021 NHL Draft Round 1 1. Buffalo Sabres — Owen Power, D, Michigan (NCAA) “In truth, he is a unique player, combining amazing size, strong skating, a big shot, great vision, the ability (if not necessarily the proclivity) to play a dominating physical game.” Ryan Wagman, McKeen’s Hockey Read more about the Sabres selecting Power first overall here. 2. Seattle Kraken — Matthew Beniers, C, Michigan (NCAA) It’s probably not fair to compare Beniers to Ron Francis, the Kraken GM who drafted him. That will be tough to avoid, though, because Beniers brings the sort of two-way game that’s expected to translate smoothly to the NHL. Want more on Beniers, and the Kraken making their first-ever draft pick at No. 2? . . .
The Seattle Kraken will begin putting together their inaugural roster on Wednesday night during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. Four years after the Vegas Golden Knights began the building process of their team, the NHL’s 32nd franchise will get its chance with the same rules. When is the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft? The Kraken will make their picks Wednesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. ET. A party will be held with about 4,000 fans in attendance at Gas Works Park in Seattle. How many players will the Kraken pick? General manager Ron Francis and his staff will select one player from every NHL except Vegas. The Golden Knights are exempt from the expansion draft as part of their franchise agreement. There will be 30 players in total chosen, with the Kraken needing to pick at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies. Twenty of those 30 players must be under contract for the 2021-22 NHL season who have “an aggregate expansion draft value that is between 60%-100%” of the . . .
Whether you found out thanks to a stream of reports or during the NHL’s Seattle Kraken expansion draft show, the team’s 30 picks have been revealed. To be clear, that doesn’t mean we now have a complete view of the Kraken’s opening-day roster. (Reports indicate we might know the 2021-22 schedule for the Kraken and other NHL teams by Thursday, though.) For one thing, we could see side deals. The Kraken maintained salary cap throughout this expansion draft, so don’t be surprised to see “sweeteners” and other types of trades. That robust cap space also opens the door Kraken to be big players in 2021 NHL Free Agency. You know … if they want to. So, take these early Seattle Kraken “winners” and “losers” with appropriate grains of salt. Things could change as far as the Kraken’s makeup, and also how the Kraken affect other NHL teams, in the days, months, and even years following this expansion draft. But here are some early winners and losers nonetheless. Click here for the full . . .
The Stanley Cup was awarded two weeks ago, but we’re already looking ahead to the 2021-22 NHL season. On Thursday evening, the league revealed its 1,312 game regular-season schedule , which begins Oct. 12 and ends April 29. The schedule features an interesting twist. An Olympic break has been built in — for now. There is no deal in place at the moment between the NHL, IOC and IIHF to send players to Beijing next February. Talks are on-going, which is a good sign. While we wait to see if there will be a February break, there are some other dates to look forward to on the NHL’s 2021-22 calendar. Opening night doubleheader • The season kicks off Oct. 12 with the Lightning raising their Cup banner before meeting the Penguins, and the Kraken making their NHL debut on the road against the Golden Knights. Stanley Cup Final rematch • The Lighting and Canadiens will play for the first time since the 2021 Stanley Cup Final on Dec. 7 at Bell Centre in Montreal. Nights of Firsts . . .
As the NHL works on the 2020-21 season, the schedule will not include the Winter Classic or the All-Star Game. The league announced on Thursday the postponements of both the 2021 Winter Classic and 2021 NHL All-Star Game. The annual Jan. 1 outdoor game was set to feature the Wild vs. Blues at Target Field in Minnesota. Florida was set to play host of the midseason gathering of top players. Uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced these events to be taken off the calendar for next season. “Fan participation, both in arenas and stadiums as well as in the ancillary venues and events that we stage around the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, is integral to the success of our signature events,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer. “Because of the uncertainty as to when we will be able to welcome our fans back to our games, we felt that the prudent decision at this time was to postpone these celebrations until 2022 when our fans should . . .