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Sport Entire Seattle Kraken roster leaks before expansion draft broadcast, spoiling ESPN's NHL debut

09:36  22 july  2021
09:36  22 july  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

Price, Tarasenko, more: Biggest names (risks?) available in expansion draft

  Price, Tarasenko, more: Biggest names (risks?) available in expansion draft The Kraken have some tough choices to make.In this post, PHT breaks down some of the biggest names (and contracts, and risks) available to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft. Wednesday represents when the Kraken’s expansion draft picks will be announced.

The Kraken's 30 picks were scheduled to be into the NHL by 10 a.m. ET. At 8:58 a.m. ET the first tweet was sent out.

"Early word is #SeaKraken are closing in on contracts with two UFA defensemen: Adam Larsson (EDM) and Jamie Oleksiak (DAL)," Daily Faceoff insider and president of hockey content Frank Seravalli tweeted.

After that the floodgates were open. By 12:30 p.m. ET, 29 of the 30 picks were leaked out.

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Of course, that left a lot of people scratching their heads because ESPN is set to air the expansion draft. The reveal is the network's first big production since getting back the NHL's broadcast rights in the United States. Now they have 90 minutes to fill with the intrigue and drama pretty much, well, gone.

PHT Morning Skate: Treliving on losing Giordano; NHL schedule revealed Thursday

  PHT Morning Skate: Treliving on losing Giordano; NHL schedule revealed Thursday Thursday's collection of links.• Flames GM Brad Treliving on losing captain Mark Giordano in the NHL Expansion Draft: “In order for this not to happen was a price we couldn’t pay. If there was a way within reason for this not to happen . . . we certainly would have pursued it.

There are rumors swirling that deals were aplenty but until that is assured, Twitter did its best to help the producer fill the show's rundown out — and had some jokes.


Gallery: 2021 NHL mock expansion draft: Projecting the Seattle Kraken's 30-player roster (SMG)

Next NHL defensemen in line for huge free-agent contracts

  Next NHL defensemen in line for huge free-agent contracts Whether they can sign extensions or need deals now, expect big money for Dahlin, Fox, Hughes, and others.That goes for mid-grade and depth defensemen, who’ve signed one eye-popping free-agent contract after another.

Mark Giordano wearing a uniform: With a cap hit of $6.75 million for the 2021-22 season, Giordano is a beefy contract to take on as a 37-year-old. Yet, the Flames defenseman hits all the right marks if you're a new franchise like Seattle. Giordano still has gas left in the tank if his previous season is anything to go off of, plus he fills the role of an experienced veteran in a room full of younger players.  Not only that, the Kraken could very well ship Giordano and his expiring deal off to a contender at the trade deadline should they be wanting for draft picks next season. In total, a no-brainer move for Seattle here.

Expansion Draft: This creates a new US team .
Munich - the Seattle Kraken have almost everything to join in the North American Ice Hockey League NHL - a coaching team, a general manager and a home. There are even heap of fan articles of the new franchise to buy. © Imago Images / Zuma Wire Seattle Kraken Expansion Only one thing is missing the team yet: Player. This will change on Wednesday. Then the so-called expansion draft applies. That means: The Seattle Kraken may choose a player from each of the existing 31 NHL teams.

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