Luke Henman is the first signing of the expansion Seattle Kraken, the team announced on Wednesday . Henman, a 21-year-old center from the QMJHL’s Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, led the team in scoring this season with 16 goals and 43 points in 32 games. “I am super-excited and honored,” Henman told the Kraken website. “I have a belief in my game. My main focus will be to put in the work to get better.” It’s a three-year, two-way deal for Henman, who will now go down as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the Kraken’s first ever signing?” Henman will attend rookie camp and full training camp before GM Ron Francis and his staff make a determination as to where he’ll play next season. Henman was drafted by Francis’ old team, the Hurricanes, in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. Carolina opted not to sign him before the June 1, 2020 deadline, which resulted in him becoming an unrestricted free agent. This is the start of the roster building of the Kraken, who will . . .
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 Seattle Kraken started to piece together their immediate future on Wednesday night in the NHL expansion draft . On Friday they started to put together their future when they selected University of Michigan center Matty Beniers the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NHL draft, making him their first ever entry draft pick. It is also a historic pick for the University of Michigan as they are the first NCAA team to ever have the top-two picks in the same draft. Beniers’ teammate, defenseman Owen Power, was selected first overall by the Buffalo Sabres . Here is what our Ryan Wagman had to say about Beniers in his latest Mock Draft, where he had the Kraken selecting him: Beniers is known for his two-way game more than his skills, but his skill set is impressive as well. When he played for the USNTDP, he was one of the team’s top scorers, even while being younger than practically the rest of his team. He also managed to score at a point-per-game clip as a freshman in the NCAA, . . .
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 upstart Seattle Kraken built their roster within on Wednesday, selecting a player from every team except the Vegas Golden Knights as part of the NHL Expansion Draft. Mark Giordano, a former NHL All-Star, Norris award winner and long-time Calgary Flames team captain was Seattle's most notable addition. Vince Dunn (St. Louis Blues) and Yanni Gourde (Tampa Bay Lightning) are also headed to Seattle and will bring valuable championship experience, as they've collectively been a part of the last three Stanley Cup winners. Overall, Seattle selected 15 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders on the night. It was required to select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. Along with the player selections, ESPN announced the Kraken's regular-season and home openers. On Oct. 12 Seattle will battle the NHL's second-newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, on the road before hosting the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 23. The Kraken hope their new additions will lead . . .
Getty Images With the NHL Expansion Draft at hand, teams around the league had been tasked with either protecting players on their roster or taking the risk of potentially losing them to the incoming Seattle Kraken. And when it came time for the Montreal Canadiens to protect members of a roster fresh off a Stanley Cup Final appearance, longtime goaltender and franchise great Carey Price was not one of them. Even so, it appears that Canadiens loyalists can breathe a sigh of relief that Price likely isn't going anywhere. According to a report by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet , Carey Price will not not among the players selected by the Kraken in Wednesday's Expansion Draft, despite being eligible to be claimed by the NHL 's newest franchise. Price had waived a no-move clause in his contract prior to the Expansion Draft, which allowed the Canadiens to protect backup Jake Allen . According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times , the Kraken had been looking into the . . .
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 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 . . .
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 . . .
The game of chicken between Ron Francis and Marc Bergevin will end with Carey Price not heading to the Seattle Kraken. According to a number of NHL insiders , the Kraken will use their Canadiens pick on defenseman Cale Fleury. The news over the weekend that Price had been exposed by the Canadiens was a bit of an eyebrow raiser , but then it came out that he might require knee surgery and miss a large chunk of the 2021-22 NHL season. Still, there was a small case to make for him being drafted. Price would have been a “face of the franchise” type player, played junior hockey in Washington State, and was born in British Columbia. But the case against drafting Price was obvious. He will be 34 in August, has five more years remaining on a contract that carries a $10.5M salary cap hit , and his game has been trending downward since his Vezina Trophy win in 2014-15. Another star player the Kraken will be passing on is Vladimir Tarasenko . The 29-year-old forward . . .