Well, folks. Today’s the day. The Seattle Kraken will make their picks as the 32nd team officially joins the ranks of the NHL with the expansion draft at 8 p.m. ET.
There’s already been some reports and indications of who’s heading to the Pacific Northwest, as well as who’s staying put. So, let’s crack open a soda, put our feet up and go over all the news and notes from D.C. and the hockey world beyond.
- Mark Friday on your calendars, as Capital One Arena will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET with cheap team gear from the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Ian Oland has more. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)
- Washington assistant GM Ross Mahoney spoke with the media Tuesday about the team’s plans for the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday and Saturday. Here’s what he had to say about evaluating prospects during the pandemic, the importance of video and why the Capitals are sticking with their “best player available” philosophy. (Washington Hockey Now)
- It appears the Kraken are taking Vitek Vanecek after all in the expansion draft. Here’s more on how Seattle’s choice impacts the Capitals’ crease. (Washington Hockey Now)
- The Kraken appear to have locked down a top-4 RHD and LHD in Adam Larsson and Jamie Oleksiak Sean Leahy breaks down the reported signings and Seattle’s apparent picks from the Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers. (Pro Hockey Talk)
- Speaking of the expansion draft, George Richards looks back at the Vegas selections, and why the Florida Panthers chose to let Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith head to the Golden Knights. (Florida Hockey Now)
- In regards to announcing their selections, the Kraken appeared to be filming several takes of different players at a fish market. Thomas Williams explains what the leaked footage means for Seattle’s picks. (Yahoo! Sports)
- Want to know how to watch the expansion draft? Sie Morely shares everything you need to know to tune in at 8 p.m. ET. (Fear The Fin)
Sammi’s Top Shelf Takes
- Per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Carey Price is not headed to the Kraken. This is a major victory for Montreal, and no one can say otherwise. They hold onto a franchise goaltender, and considering Seattle ownership gave the team the green light to pick him, he should be just fine and continue to make a major impact for years to come. This would also explain Seattle turning its attention to Vanecek.
Price not selected by SEA
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 21, 2021
- Speaking of big names exposed to Seattle, it appears Vladimir Tarasenko is staying put in St. Louis per Frank Seravalli. A surgeon said his shoulder is “100 percent” ready for next season, and considering his desire for a trade, things could get interesting. The Capitals were reportedly one of the teams who’d called about the Russian sniper, so that’s also something to consider.
Sources say #SeaKraken also passed on another high-profile, big money player: Vladimir Tarasenko.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021
- Reminder that the roster freeze ends Thursday at 1 p.m., so that’s the soonest we’d see a potential Alex Ovechkin extension. Free agency begins on July 28.