AP Sources: Kraken Passes Carey Price Into Expansion Project

The Associated Press has learned that the Seattle Kraken will not select Montreal goaltender Carey Price in the NHL expansion draft

SEATTLE – The Seattle Kraken’s first listing won’t include Carey Price.

The Montreal Canadiens goaltender was not selected by the Kraken in the NHL expansion draft, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity as the team did not announce details until the picks for the expansion project were revealed on Wednesday night.

The Kraken’s 30 caps were due to be submitted to the NHL by Wednesday morning, with the expansion draft taking place 10 hours later on the shores of Lake Union in Seattle.

Still, many picks had leaked before lunchtime in Seattle, removing some of the glare from one of the league’s marquee offseason events with the return of hockey to ESPN as part of a new deal. on television rights. Only some potential transactions were not reported.

Seattle opted out of selecting Price, and its hefty price tag followed GM Ron Francis’ theme of prioritizing salary cap space.

Seattle has reportedly signed big deals with expected picks from Calgary defenseman Mark Giordano ($ 6.75 million) and New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle ($ 5.5 million). But early indications are that Seattle will exit the expansion project well below the cap of $ 81.5 million, potentially $ 20 million or more.

While Price won’t come to Seattle, the Kraken will select Chris Driedger of the Florida Panthers, a latecomer who was a pending free agent. The 27-year-old Canadian goaltender has agreed to a three-year, $ 10.5 million contract, according to the person who spoke to AP.

It was one of at least two signings the Kraken made before submitting their extension draft picks. A person with knowledge of the second hit said the Kraken also agreed with defender Adam Larsson to a four-year, $ 16 million contract.

Defenseman Will Borgen will be Seattle’s pick against Buffalo, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told the AP who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity because the team were not announcing any moves before the draft.

The Kraken has picks from all other teams except Vegas. Simulation projects have been popular for months on what Seattle might do at a landmark event for the city.

Negotiating a deal with Driedger over the past few days foreshadowed the passing of Price, who was a strong contender for the Stanley Cup Final but whose injury status is questionable. Price is signed for five more years with a salary cap of $ 10.5 million, and the risk of him missing the start of next season in rehabilitation after knee surgery has darkened the situation.

Larsson, a 28-year-old Swede, was a pending free agent the Edmonton Oilers wanted to sign again, but he still has not been protected after trading to Duncan Keith.

Larsson, a 603 regular-season NHL and 24-game playoff veteran, can now make the top four on the right side of the Kraken blue line in his inaugural season.

Driedger had regained his form over the past two seasons with Florida. He was 21-8-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Still, the Panthers expected to lose Driedger, either to Seattle or in free agency. They have two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky signed long-term and top prospect Spencer Knight is set to step in.

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AP Hockey editors Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow contributed to this report.

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