Seattle Kraken roster follow-up: latest updates, rumors of 2021 NHL expansion draft picks

The Seattle Kraken are set to officially reveal their roster during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

On Wednesday night GM Ron Francis, aided by a plethora of big names including women’s basketball star Sue Bird, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Marshawn Lynch, will announce the 30 guys he’s taking from your favorite team during from a show on ESPN.

Until then, who will wear the Kraken jersey in October is still a matter of speculation, but that hasn’t stopped fake drafts from circulating, rumors swirling and news leaking early. Seattle submitted their picks to the NHL before the 10 a.m. ET deadline.

Sporting News follows the latest selections and side deals until the Kraken announces which players will join their roster.

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Seattle Kraken List

The Kraken must choose at least 14 forwards, nine defenders and three goalkeepers. Twenty of the 30 selected players must have contracts for 2020-21 and all contracts must comply with the cap (the cap is $ 81.5 million). Also, a little reminder: the Golden Knights are exempt.

TEAM PLAYER POS HIT CAP
Anaheim Ducks Haydn Fleury (reported) RE. $ 1.3M
Arizona Coyotes Tyler Pitlick (reported) RW $ 1.75M
Boston Bruins Jérémy Lauzon (reported) RE. 850K $
Buffalo sabers Will Borgen (reported) RE. RFA
Calgary Flames Marc Giordano (reported) RE. $ 6.75 million
Carolina Hurricanes Morgan Geekie (reported) C / W RFA
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche Joonas Donskoi (reported) RW $ 3.9 million
Columbus blue jackets Gavin Bayreuther (reported) RE. UFA
Dallas Stars Jamie Oleksiak (reported) RE. UFA
Detroit Red Wings
Edmonton Oilers Adam Larsson (reported) RE. UFA
Florida Panthers Chris Driedger (reported) g UFA
Kings of Los Angeles Kurtis MacDermid (reported) RE. $ 875K
Minnesota Savage Carson Soucy (reported) RE. $ 2.75M
Montreal Canadiens Cale Fleury (reported) RE. RFA
Nashville Predators Jarnkrok Street (reported) C / W $ 2 million
New Jersey Devils Nathan Bastien (reported) RW $ 825K
New York Islanders Jordan Eberle (reported) RW $ 5.5 million
New York Rangers Colin Blackwell (reported) C / W $ 725K
Ottawa Senators Joey Daccord (reported) g $ 750K
Philadelphia Flyers Carsen Twarynski (reported) LW RFA
Pittsburgh penguins
San José sharks Alexander True (reported) vs. RFA
Blues de Saint-Louis Vince Dunn (reported) RE. RFA
Tampa Bay Lightning Yanni Gourde (reported) vs. $ 5.17 million
Toronto Maple Leafs Jared McCann (reported) C / W $ 2.94 million
Vancouver Canucks Kole Lind (reported) RW RFA
Washington Capitals Vitek Vanecek (reported) g $ 717K
Winnipeg Jets Mason Appleton (reported) RW $ 900K

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NHL expansion draft rumors

(All times are Eastern)

12:05 – Hurricanes defenseman Jake Bean was Carolina’s presumed choice, but Seattle opts for Morgan Geekie instead.

11:58 am – Seattle’s pick among the Jets could indicate that Winnipeg has negotiated a side deal to prevent the Kraken from taking defenseman Dylan DeMelo.

11:53 am – Seattle general manager Ron Francis has so far been cautious about avoiding bloated contracts.

11:45 am – Seattle may have found its first captain in Mark Giordano, 37, snatched from Pacific Dvision’s new rival, the Flames.

11:37 am – Seattle would have recruited its goalkeepers in Florida, Washington and Ottawa.

11:33 am – Kaapo Kahkonen has been widely assumed to be one of Seattle’s goalie picks.

11:30 a.m. – The expansion NHL Draft has so far been a buzz for anyone hoping for chaos. Gabriel Landeskog, a pending UFA, won’t be Seattle, Colorado’s choice.

11:21 am – This means that Alex Kerfoot is staying in Toronto.

11:16 – Another big name that won’t make it to Seattle.

11:10 a.m. – It seems that Carey Price in Seattle was just a conversation.

11:07 am – Could Vladimir Tarasenko be at the center of one of today’s biggest side deals?

10:40 a.m. – Brandon Tanev is the Penguin guy? Interesting.

10am – The Kraken submitted all deets to the NHL. Now we are waiting.

9:57 am – Another UFA on hold, but time is running out when it comes to the NHL.

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9:05 am – A little shocking that Larsson didn’t re-sign with the Oilers who allegedly offered him similar money.

9:42 am. Any idea that the Kraken is taking someone other than Gourd away seems to be crushed.

8:58 am – The first news falls. If they are indeed Larsson and Oleksiak, they will be the only players Seattle can select from among the Oilers and Stars, respectively.

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