Seattle Kraken’s introductory list is now official after they announced their choice of expansion plan Wednesday night. The NHL’s newest team home opener is on October 23 against the Vancouver Canucks.
Seattle’s blue line will boast a veteran presence after selecting Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames and Adam Larsson of the Edmonton Oilers. The 37-year-old Giordano had 26 points for the Flames as their captain last season, counting nine goals and 17 assists. Larsson, meanwhile, played in 56 games for the Oilers during the 2020-21 season and was on average just under 20 minutes of ice time.
Larsson was left unprotected ahead of Wednesday’s expansion plan, giving Kraken the chance to enter into contract negotiations, and the two sides were able to agree on a four-year deal with an annual value of $ 4 million, a source confirmed to AthleticsPierre LeBrun.
In front, the Kraken reinforced their offense by selecting Jordan Eberle of the New York Islanders. The 31-year-old winger sent off 16 goals and 17 assists last season and has three years left on his current contract and has an annual cap of $ 5.5 million.
Seattle also selected defender Jamie Oleksiak, 28, of the Dallas Stars. He had six goals and 14 points in 56 games with Dallas last season. A source confirmed to Athletics that Seattle has signed Oleksiak to a five-year deal with an AAV of $ 4.6 million. Other choices include Anaheim’s Haydn Fleury, Winnipeg’s Mason Appleton and Carolina’s Morgan Geekie.
But it was the available players that Seattle did not choose that created waves earlier on Wednesday, with sources confirming that Seattle would not choose Montreal’s Carey Price or Colorado’s pending unlimited free agent Gabriel Landeskog. Both players were left unprotected by their respective clubs.
Price, 33, dropped his non-motion clause over the weekend, but Kraken instead took defender Cale Fleury, Hayden’s brother, from Montreal.
Landeskog, who placed 20 goals, 32 assists and 52 points for Colorado this season, will be able to explore the free agency on July 28 or sign again with AVs.
Krakens’ season debut will be on October 12 against the Vegas Golden Knights, and their home opener is October 23 against the Vancouver Canucks.
Below is a list of all the selected Seattle players:
Anaheim Ducks: Haydn Fleury
Arizona Coyotes: Tyler Pitlick
Boston Bruins: Jeremy Lauzon
Buffalo Sabers: William Borgen
Calgary Flames: Mark Giordano
Carolina Hurricanes: Morgan Geekie
Chicago Blackhawks: John Quenneville
Colorado Avalanche: Joonas Donskoi
Columbus Blue Jackets: Gavin Bayreuther
Dallas Stars: Jamie Oleksiak
Detroit Red Wings: Dennis Cholowski
Edmonton Oilers: Adam Larsson
Florida Panthers: Chris Driedger
Los Angeles Kings: Kurtis MacDermid
Minnesota Wild: Carson Soucy
Montreal Canadiens: Cale Fleury
Nashville Predators: Calle Jarnkrok
New Jersey Devils: Nathan Bastian
New York Islanders: Jordan Eberle
New York Rangers: Colin Blackwell
Ottawa Senators: Joey Daccord
Philadelphia Flyers: Carsen Twarynski
Pittsburgh Penguins: Brandon Tanev
San Jose Sharks: Alexander True
St. Louis Blues: Vince Dunn
Tampa Bay Lightning: Yanni Gourde
Toronto Maple Leafs: Jared McCann
Vancouver Canucks: Kole Lind
Washington Capitals: Vitek Vanecek
Winnipeg Jets: Mason Appleton
Seattle will continue to add to its roster when it picks second place behind the Buffalo Sabers in the NHL draft on Friday. All trades that the team may have made in the expansion draft process will be closed / announced after the trade freeze has been lifted at This would be trades that Seattle has in place with other teams for players that it drafted on Wednesday, and will now turn somewhere other than trades made before the draft itself.
For more, follow Athletics‘s Expansion Draft for Live Blog and Choice Tracker.