The Seattle Kraken’s first list will not include Carey Price.
According to a person with direct knowledge of the decision, the Montreal Canadiens goalkeeper was not selected by Kraken in the NHL expansion draft. The person spoke with the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce the details until after the expanded draft selection was announced on Wednesday night.
Kraken’s 30 choices must be submitted to the NHL on Wednesday morning, and the extended draft will be held on the shores of Lake Union in Seattle in 10 hours.
Nevertheless, before lunch in Seattle, many draft picks had leaked, and with the return of hockey to ESPN as part of the new television rights deal, a major offseason event in the league lost some of its luster. Only some potential transactions remain unreported.
Seattle chose not to choose Price and his high price tag followed General Manager Ron Francis’s theme of prioritizing salary cap space.
According to reports, Seattle is signing some big contracts with Calgary guard Mark Giordano ($6.75 million) and New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle ($5.5 million). But early signs indicate that Seattle will stand out from the expansion draft, well below the US$81.5 million cap, and may exceed US$20 million or more.
Although Price will not come to Seattle, Kraken will choose Chris Dridge from the Florida Panthers, a late blooming free agent. According to a person interviewed by the Associated Press, the 27-year-old Canadian goalkeeper has agreed to a three-year contract worth $10.5 million.
This is one of at least two signings Kraken completed before submitting the extended draft. A person familiar with the second operation said that Kraken also agreed to an agreement with defender Adam Larson on a $16 million four-year contract.
A person with direct knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press that, like everyone else, he did not want to be named because the team did not announce any move before the draft, so guard Wilbergen will be selected by Seattle from Buffalo. player of.
In addition to Vegas, Kraken has draft picks for other teams. For months, mock drafts about what Seattle might do in the city’s milestones have been popular.
Negotiations with Drigg over the past few days heralded Price’s pass. Price performed well in the Stanley Cup final, but the injury status is doubtful. Price renewed his contract with a salary cap of $10.5 million for five years, and the possibility of him missing the start of next season due to knee surgery has cast a shadow over the situation.
Larsson, a 28-year-old Swede, is a pending free agent. The Edmonton Oilers are interested in re-signing, but are still not protected after trading Dunken Keith.
Larson, a veteran of 603 regular season and 24 playoff games in the NHL, can now be the top four choices on the right side of the Kraken’s blue line in their first season.
In the past two seasons, Dreig has found his own form in Florida. He scored 2.07 goals 21-8-4-average scoring and 0.931 save rate. Nevertheless, the Panthers still hope to lose Derrider in Seattle or the free agent market. They signed a long-term contract with two-time Vezina trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, and top prospect Spencer Knight is ready to step in.
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