Kraken reportedly passing on Price, Tarasenko in NHL expansion draft

The video game of chicken in between Ron Francis and Marc Bergevin will end with Carey Rate not heading to the Seattle Kraken.

According to a variety of NHL experts, the Kraken will utilize their Canadiens badger defenseman Cale Fleury.

The news over the weekend that Rate had actually been exposed by the Canadiens was a little bit of an eyebrow raiser, however then it came out that he may need knee surgical treatment and miss out on a big portion of the 2021-22 NHL season. Still, there was a little case to produce him being prepared. Rate would have been a “face of the franchise” type gamer, played junior hockey in Washington State, and was born in British Columbia.

However the case versus preparing Rate was apparent. He will be 34 in August, has 5 more years staying on an agreement that brings a $10.5M income cap hit, and his video game has actually been trending downward because his Vezina Prize win in 2014-15.

Another star gamer the Kraken will be handing down is Vladimir Tarasenko. The 29-year-old forward has actually asked for a trade out of St. Louis and was left vulnerable by the Blues. Defenseman Vince Dunn, who is a pending limited complimentary representative, will apparently be Seattle’s choice.

Tarasenko has actually 2 years left on his agreement with a $7.5M cap hit. There were reports that groups were getting in touch with Francis to notify him of their interest in making a trade needs to they choose the Blues forward. Now that Tarasenko will stay in St. Louis for the time being, GM Doug Armstrong can a minimum of effort to get possessions in return.

Lineup news gradually leaking out

The leakages are coming out hours prior to Wednesday’s growth draft program. Jared McCann, Brandon Tanev, Carsen Twarynski, Mark Giordano, Vitek Vanecek, and Joey Daccord seem heading to Seattle. That news follows reports of Francis accepting sign defensemen Adam Larsson and Jamie Oleksiak, along with goaltender Chris Driedger.

Seattle’s growth draft lineup need to include a minimum of 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3 goalies. The Kraken had a 10 a.m. ET Wednesday due date to send their 30 growth draft choices to the NHL.

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