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Kraken expansion draft: Canadian is playing big

by archyw

The Seattle Kraken have the destiny of the Canadiens in their hands on Wednesday morning. The 32e NHL team could change the identity of the CH if it were to pick number 31, Carey Price.

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In Dallas, Jim Nill will sleep soundly on the eve of the expansion draft. The Seattle Kraken could draft winger Blake Comeau, center Tanner Kero, defenseman Joel Hanley or goaltender Ben Bishop who is constantly injured.

The image of the Stars will not change in the next few hours.

There is no comparison between the cities of Dallas and Montreal. The love of hockey will always be stronger in Montreal than in the land of the Dallas Cowboys.

Since Sunday, the faithful of the Canadian have been holding their breath.


Carey Price, Shea Weber, Phillip Danault and Jonathan Drouin may have to relocate to the US West Coast if they are selected by the Seattle Kraken.

Archive photo, Martin Chevalier

Carey Price, Shea Weber, Phillip Danault and Jonathan Drouin may have to relocate to the US West Coast if they are selected by the Seattle Kraken.

Ron Francis, the general manager of the Kraken, could control the destiny of the CH.

Francis will have the opportunity to draft the franchise player of the Habs for many moons in Carey Price.

We already know that. Price agreed to lift his no-move clause, becoming available for the 32e NHL team.

The owners of the Kraken have reportedly given Francis the green light to protect him if he feels this is the right path for a new organization to take.

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There are also other talented players available in the courtyard of the CH.


Shea Weber

Archive photo, Martin Chevalier

Shea Weber

Other options

Shea Weber was not protected. The captain should however spend the next season in the infirmary due to multiple injuries. A reality that should hold back the Kraken.

On the attack, Jonathan Drouin could also try to relaunch his career in a new environment. Drouin will earn a salary of $ 5.5 million for the next two seasons.

If ever Francis wants a quick and good shorthanded experienced winger, Paul Byron would be an interesting card. He will receive $ 3.4 million for the next two years.

There are two other more thrifty options for the Kraken: defensemen Brett Kulak ($ ​​1.85 million for the next season) and Cale Fleury who has spent the entire season with the Laval Rocket.


Jonathan drouin

Archive photo, Martin Chevalier

Jonathan drouin

The 22-year-old Fleury has the potential to establish himself as a defender in a third pair due to his toughness and speed.

Francis would also have the option of wooing center Phillip Danault.

CH number 24 will visibly become a free agent without compensation from July 28.

Unlike the Stars who will lose only crumbs to the benefit of the Kraken, Marc Bergevin risks seeing a strong image of his team fly to Seattle in the state of Washington.

But the CEO of CH has enough experience to have taken calculated risks. We will finally have the answer in a few hours.

An eventful day

The Kraken must file its list of the 30 players claimed by 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The Washington State team will draft a player from all NHL teams except the Vegas Golden Knights.

Of the 30 players, there will be a minimum of 14 forwards, 9 defenders and 3 goalies. Francis will also need to claim a minimum of 20 players who already have a contract for the next season or seasons to come.

Just to have fun, Le Journal has concocted two possible teams for the Kraken (see pages 60 and 61) by putting themselves in the shoes of Francis.

NHL officials will unveil the Kraken roster live on television at 8 p.m. ET.

Our colleagues at TVA Sports will present the event.

To add a little spice to the evening, the Kraken invited several personalities from the Seattle area to introduce players.

Stars from the past and present will be on hand including Marshawn Lynch (former Seattle Seahawks), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Gary Payton (former Seattle SuperSonics alumnus), Shawn Kemp (former Seattle SuperSonics alumnus) , Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks) and Kyle Lewis (Seattle Mariners).

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