Reports say Edmonton Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson signed a four-year, $ 4 million free agency deal with Seattle in the limited window the new NHL team had to discuss with pending UFAs . It’s a shock to Oilers fans, half of whom believed Larsson and the Oilers would still find a solution. The other half thought he could hit the open market and sign for more elsewhere.
TSN Ryan Rishaug writes: “The oil companies had several offers on the table for Larsson, including a 4 and 5 year term. The meaning is that it was not a decision made on the basis of the Oilers’ offer. It is likely that Larsson decides to change the scene. The question now will be why? If it wasn’t money and it wasn’t a tenure, Larsson chose not to return to the Oilers for another season and it might be important to know why that decision was made.
Mike Smith to sign with Oilers
It looks like the Oilers will announce a multi-year deal with goaltender Mike Smith as soon as the draft is over and the roster freeze will be lifted for teams not calling themselves the Kraken. According to Patrick Johnston of The Province in Vancouver, it looks like Smith is getting a contract extension of over a year.
Financial data has not been released on the deal, but speculation is that it is around $ 2 million per season.
McCann to be Kraken’s selection among the Maple Leafs
According to a report by Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, Jared McCann is the Seattle expansion selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs. McCann was added to a trade just days ago and he’s already on his way to another team. While some Leafs fans are disappointed, that was probably Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas’ game plan.
Essentially, Toronto traded prospect Filip Hallander and a 7th round pick in Pittsburgh to ensure either McCann or Alex Kerfoot would stay put. Dubas got both on the roster, so Seattle was only able to select one of those players for their squad. Some fans were hoping Kerfoot would be the selection since he’s older and more expensive, but he’s still a useful player the Maple Leafs didn’t want to lose.
Giordano, the first possible captain of the Kraken?
As broken by Samil Nadim Valji de TSN and confirmed by Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the Seattle Kraken probably found its first captain. The team are expected to select Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames in the expansion draft. Valiji writes, “I can confirm that the Seattle Kraken have selected Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano as their pick in the expansion draft, which will be announced tonight. “
Giordano may be the oldest player the Kraken will select, but he’s still good on the ice and has a year left on a contract that will net him $ 6.75 million. It will be interesting to see if he chooses to re-sign with the Kraken for a lower cost deal or if he returns to Calgary when that deal expires.
The islanders lose Eberle?
Our own James Nichols seems to have been among the first to report that the Kraken will select Jordan Eberle from the New York Islanders and not Josh Bailey. Eberle, is a top six forward who has always been excellent at generating scoring chances. He will definitely be one of the first six forwards in the Kraken roster and will have a great opportunity to really boost his numbers. He has three years left on his $ 5.5 million contract, which also gives the Kraken some cost certainty.
Bruins strike deal with Taylor Hall
According to Servalli, “Hearing #NHLBruins has made significant progress with UFA Taylor Hall pending. He adds, “Hall is expected to stay in Boston after the moratorium on signing is lifted.” I wouldn’t be surprised to see a deal in the neighborhood of 4 years x 6 million dollars.
There’s been a lot of talk about Hall and the Bruins going to do something about it eventually. It looks like he won’t explore the market.
Kraken selects Tanev from the penguins
Several sources are now reporting that the Kraken has focused on Brandon Tanev of the Pittsburgh Penguins. As Frank Seravalli writes, “Kraken is already proving to be difficult to face. With Brandon in the Kraken fold, awaiting potential clashes between Tanev and Tanev in the Pacific.
Kraken won’t select Carey Price
Ultimately, the Kraken chose not to take Guardian Carey Price as part of their selection process. Choosing to sign free agents instead and go deep into the overall roster instead, Price’s $ 10.5 million contract will stay with Montreal and the Kraken will roll with Chris Driedger and a combination of others. keepers to start next season.
It was reported that Seattle was seriously considering Price as an option, but the cost and his potential injury situation must have outweighed the organization’s decision to bring him in as a possible face of the franchise.
More selections and signings announced early
As new news arrives and information about reported selections circulates through the rumor mill, we’ll be sure to update this post throughout the day:
- The first word is that the Kraken are getting closer to contracts with UFA defenseman Jamie Oleksiak of the Dallas Stars – according to Seravalli.
- Seravalli reports the Kraken overtook leading striker Vladimir Tarasenko.
- According to Pierre LeBrun: “The Kraken and the Lightning have not yet concluded an exchange. Apparently Seattle will just take a player out of TB. That’s not to say that an exchange can’t take place later this summer. This player appears to be forward Yanni Gourde.
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