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Seattle Kraken roster tracker: Latest updates, rumors on 2021 NHL Expansion Draft picks

The Seattle Kraken are ready to officially unveil their roster during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

On Wednesday night, general manager 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 a broadcast on ESPN.

Until then, who will don the Kraken jersey come October is still a subject of speculation, but that hasn’t stopped the mock drafts to flow, the rumors to swirl and the news to leak out early. Seattle submitted its picks to the NHL before the 10 a.m. ET deadline.

Sporting News is tracking the latest rumored selections and side deals until the Kraken announce the players who will join their lineup.

SN’S MOCK DRAFT: Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko headline picks

Seattle Kraken roster

The Kraken must pick at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Twenty of the 30 players selected must have contracts for 2021-22 and all contracts must be cap compliant (ceiling is $81.5 million). Also, a quick reminder: the Golden Knights are exempt.

TEAM
PLAYER
POS
CAP HIT
Anaheim Ducks
 Haydn Fleury (reported)
 D
 $1.3M
Arizona Coyotes
 Tyler Pitlick (reported)
 RW
 $1.75M
Boston Bruins
 Jeremy Lauzon (reported)
 D
 $850K
Buffalo Sabres
 Will Borgen (reported)
 D
 RFA
Calgary Flames
 Mark Giordano (reported)
 D
 $6.75M
Carolina Hurricanes
 Morgan Geekie (reported)
 C/W
 RFA
Chicago Blackhawks
 John Quenneville (reported)
 LW
 $750K
Colorado Avalanche
 Joonas Donskoi (reported)
 RW
 $3.9M
Columbus Blue Jackets
 Gavin Bayreuther (reported)
 D
 UFA
Dallas Stars
 Jamie Oleksiak (reported)
 D
 UFA
Detroit Red Wings
 Dennis Cholowski (reported)
 D
$894K
Edmonton Oilers
 Adam Larsson (reported)
 D
 UFA
Florida Panthers
 Chris Driedger (reported)
 G
 UFA
Los Angeles Kings
 Kurtis MacDermid (reported)
 D
 $875K
Minnesota Wild
 Carson Soucy (reported)
 D
 $2.75M
Montreal Canadiens
 Cale Fleury (reported)
 D
 RFA
Nashville Predators
 Calle Jarnkrok (reported)
 C/W
 $2M
New Jersey Devils
 Nathan Bastian (reported)
 RW
 $825K
New York Islanders
 Jordan Eberle (reported)
 RW
 $5.5M
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
 Brandon Tanev (reported)
 LW
 $3.5M
San Jose Sharks
 Alexander True (reported)
 C
 RFA
St. Louis Blues
 Vince Dunn (reported)
 D
 RFA
Tampa Bay Lightning
 Yanni Gourde (reported)
 C
 $5.17M
Toronto Maple Leafs
 Jared McCann (reported)
 C/W
 $2.94M
Vancouver Canucks
 Kole Lind (reported)
 RW
 RFA
Washington Capitals
 Vitek Vanecek (reported)
 G
 $717K
Winnipeg Jets
 Mason Appleton (reported)
 RW
 $900K

EXPANSION DRAFT: Protected lists | Players available

NHL Expansion Draft rumors

(All times are Eastern)

5:45 p.m — The last piece of the puzzle.

Dennis Cholowski.
That’s the Seattle selection from Detroit.
Apparently the Kraken were unable to reach him for much of the day.

— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 21, 2021

3 p.m. — Only one team is left. Who was taken from the Red Wings? All signs point to Troy Stecher but based on other picks who knows.

12:31 p.m. — Among the biggest surprises of the expansion draft so far, Seattle opted not to select Max Domi from the Blue Jackets and instead took a 27-year-old defenseman who played nine NHL games in 2020-21.

Told the #CBJ did not make any side deals with #SeaKraken regarding the selection of D Gavin Bayreuther.

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 21, 2021

12:05 p.m. — Hurricanes defenseman Jake Bean was the assumed pick from Carolina, but Seattle instead goes with Morgan Geekie.

Another interesting development: A lot of lines were drawn between #Canes and #SeaKraken and who might Ron Francis select from a team who knows so well.

Sounds like the selection will be Morgan Geekie, a player he picked in 2017.@DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

11:58 a.m. — Seattle’s pick from the Jets could indicate Winnipeg negotiated a side deal to stop the Kraken from taking defenseman Dylan DeMelo.

Winnipeg Jets will lose Mason Appleton to the Kraken.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 21, 2021

11:53 a.m. — So far Seattle GM Ron Francis has been cautious to avoid bloated contracts.

Hearing the #SeaKraken preserved more valuable cap space by passing on Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene in Nashville.

Belief is they will select Calle Järnkrok instead.

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 21, 2021

11:45 a.m. — Seattle has perhaps found its first captain in 37-year-old Mark Giordano, plucked from new Pacific Dvision rival Flames.

BREAKING – I can confirm that the Seattle Kraken have chosen Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano as their pick at the Expansion Draft, to be announced this evening.

— Salim Nadim Valji (@salimvalji) July 21, 2021

11:37 a.m. — Seattle has reportedly sourced its goalies from Florida, Washington and Ottawa.

Sounds like the three goaltenders selected by #SeaKraken will be Chris Driedger (FLA), Vitek Vanecek (WSH) and Joey Daccord (OTT).@DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

11:33 a.m. — Kaapo Kahkonen was widely speculated to be one of Seattle’s goalie selections. 

As of this very moment, I’m getting the impression that the Kraken did NOT take #mnwild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen.

We shall see. If true, that’d leave Carson Soucy, Victor Rask, Nick Bjugstad, Brennan Menell, plus free agents/minor leaguers

— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 21, 2021

11:30 a.m. — The NHL Expansion Draft has so far been a buzzkill for anyone hoping for chaos. Gabriel Landeskog, a pending UFA, won’t be Seattle’s pick from Colorado.

Know some fans are wondering about this…but hearing SEA did not reach an agreement with Gabriel Landeskog.

— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 21, 2021

11:21 a.m. — This means Alex Kerfoot is staying put in Toronto.

His stay was short-lived in Toronto. The #SeaKraken will be selecting Jared McCann from the #Leafs.

The end result: Toronto traded prospect Filip Hallander and a 7th round pick to Pittsburgh to essentially protect their roster from Seattle.@DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

11:16 a.m. — Another big name who won’t be headed to Seattle.

Sources say #SeaKraken also passed on another high-profile, big money player: Vladimir Tarasenko.

Subject to change but sounds like the selection from #stlblues will be Vince Dunn.@DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

11:10 a.m. — It appears Carey Price to Seattle was all talk.

According to sources, the Kraken did NOT select Carey Price in the expansion draft. He remains property of the Montreal Canadiens@TSNHockey @TheAthletic

— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 21, 2021

11:07 a.m. — Could Vladimir Tarasenko be at the center of one of today’s biggest side deals?

If the Kraken take Tarasenko from the Blues (and I have no confirmation they will), hearing there are teams that have already told Seattle they would trade for him if the Kraken would retain salary… @TSNHockey @TheAthletic

— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 21, 2021

10:40 a.m. — Brandon Tanev is the Penguins guy? Interesting.

Early word is #SeaKraken have zeroed in on Brandon Tanev from the #pens.

Kraken already unfolding as tough to play against. With Brandon in the Kraken fold, looking forward to potential Tanev v. Tanev brother matchups in the Pacific. @DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

10 a.m. — The Kraken have submitted all the deets to the NHL. Now we wait.

9:57 a.m. — Another pending UFA but time is ticking on when things need to be submitted to the NHL.

The Kraken had contract talks with pending UFA Jaden Schwartz but ultimately did not sign him during the window which just closed, source confirms. So the Kraken’s pick will be another Blues player. Dunn? Tarasenko?@TSNHockey @TheAthletic

— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 21, 2021

MORE: Everything you need to know about the Expansion Draft

9:05 a.m. — A little shocking that Larsson is not re-signing with the Oilers who reportedly offered him similar money.

Further to Frank’s reporting, Adam Larsson has a four-year deal with #SeaKraken — hearing it’ll be a $4M AAV.

Seattle locked him during its exclusive UFA/RFA interview period. https://t.co/7HAV5aVD3C

— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 21, 2021

9:42 a.m.. — Any thought of the Kraken taking anyone but Gourde appears to be squashed.

Early word is #SeaKraken were focused in on one player from #GoBolts lot: Yanni Gourde.

Not entirely clear how tonight will work. Teams wondering if he’s the only Tampa player heading to Seattle? Could change. But sense is Gourde will be a Kraken before night is done. @DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

8:58 a.m. — The first news comes down. If it is in fact Larsson and Oleksiak, they will be the only players Seattle can select from the Oilers and Stars, respectively.

Early word is #SeaKraken are closing in on contracts with two UFA defensemen: Adam Larsson (EDM) and Jamie Oleksiak (DAL).

Not finalized. But barring any last minute change, the expectation is those players will be the selections from #Oilers and #GoStars.@DFOHockey

— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021

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