The NHL’s maiden voyage with new U.S. broadcast associate ESPN had the entire snap and vigor of a Sunday afternoon ECHL recreation on the finish of a three-in-three. The Seattle Kraken enlargement draft was a cringy slopfest that lacked evaluation or character. Visitor presenters mispronounced participant names, the printed tried to move off Kevin Weekes’ segments that introduced the picks as “stay,” however we knew from Instagram leaks, apparent logistics, and host Chris Fowler’s embarrassed tosses the segments had been recorded on Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Penguins misplaced Brandon Tanev, as Seattle GM Ron Francis handed on almost all large names out there, however because the NHL commerce market is closed till 1 p.m. on Thursday, the league refused to announce the Seattle side-deals through the broadcast.
Say nothing of the leaks that offered 29 of the 30 picks by mid-day Thursday. The reporters, particularly Frank Seravalli, did a great job breaking tales, however that data ought to have been underneath lock and key. The NHL clearly sprang a leak that sank their ship even earlier than the doubtful broadcast.
A senior editor from a nationwide publication texted me, “Are you watching this??” That’s most likely all that wanted to be mentioned.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins traded Jared McCann to Toronto to keep away from dropping him. Then misplaced Brandon Tanev. The almost $6.5 million saved received’t be sufficient to exchange them, nor will or not it’s sufficient to additionally deal with different wants. Did the Penguins and GM Ron Hextall outthink themselves?
And Seattle took Jared McCann from Toronto, so the Maple Leafs solely misplaced prospect Filip Hallander within the course of.
Seattle signed defensemen Adam Larsson and Jamie Oleksiak to free-agent contracts. We up to date our story to incorporate ALL 30 picks and the Kraken cap house.
Right here’s the brand new Puckpedia Seattle Kraken roster and cap web page.
NHL Information & Nationwide Hockey Now…
Sportsnet: Kraken taking part in the lengthy recreation–constructing for the longer term.
Boston Hockey Now: May the Bruins make a run at Conor Garland? How about hitting the NHL commerce marketplace for a Milan Lucic return? Joe Haggerty likes the probabilities in his mailbag.
NYI: Our boys in Lengthy Island positive like Lengthy Island. We’ll query their sanity later. Stefan Rosner writes–are the Islanders turning into a vacation spot workforce?
Philly: Shedding Carsen Twarynski could not sound like a lot to followers outdoors of Philadelphia, however it may reroute the Philadelphia Flyers’ total offseason. It was an enormous deal.
Even with out a Penguins jersey, Ron Francis caught it to the Flyers, who’re caught with their bloated contracts to Jakub Voracek, Shayne Gostisbehere, and $7 million to 32-year-old James van Riemsdyk.
Washington: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ rival Washington Capitals have some drama brewing. Sammi Silber tackles the NHL commerce marketplace for Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie’s position subsequent season.
Detroit: The Pink Wings. The ONLY workforce within the NHL to maintain their enlargement decide secret. It was the ONLY slice of drama within the NHL broadcast on ESPN. The Pink Wings misplaced light prospect defenseman Dennis Cholowski–most likely good for either side.
Florida: Goalie Chris Driedger toiled as a backup in Florida however broke by means of this season. He pushed apart the $10 million Sergei Bobrovsky for enjoying time. Now the previous journeyman goalie has a workforce that’s his; Driedger is worked up to be a Kraken.
And final however not least:
San Jose: You could not have heard of Alexander True. Somebody on the ESPN broadcast shortly slipped within the line, “He’s not assured to be on the Kraken roster subsequent season.” So who’s Alexander True, and why on the earth did Ron Francis choose him?