The expansion draft to stock the Seattle Kraken is still 11 days away. But the team’s potential roster is already starting to take shape.
It is believed the Kraken will select goalies Jake Allen from Montreal and Braden Holtby from Vancouver. Speculation has Toronto losing Alexander Kerfoot. The Detroit Red Wings could lose Troy Stecher. The Islanders may lose Nick Leddy, unless they trade him beforehand. The Caps have to decide whether to protect Brenden Dillon or Michal Kempny
Colorado Hockey Now’s Adrian Dater writes now that the Avalanche are likely to lose defenseman Ryan Graves or of forward Tyson Jost.
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The Philadelphia Flyers are still interested in acquiring Seth Jones from Columbus, but their interest is tempered by the reality that he doesn’t seem interested in signing a long-term deal in Philadelphia.
Around the NHL
San Jose: Here’s a good read on the NHL Draft. Erik Fowle uses Jake Guentzel as the prototype against Draftboard bias.
Pittsburgh: If you believe that Ron Hextall’s methodical approach could yield a Stanley Cup next season, the oddsmakers are certainly giving you a good bet. The Penguins have fallen to 25-1 on several boards.
Boston: Charlie Coyle had a sub-par season. Now we know why. Since the end of the season, he has undergone a pair of knee surgeries.
Washington: Former Capitals player Bugsy Watson died at 78. He retired in 1979 as the all-time NHL leader in PIMs. His pizza place in Washington D.C. was fittingly called “The Penalty Box.” Later, his upstairs sports bar was just called “Bugsy’s.” He became part of the Capitals atmosphere, and they paid tribute.
Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from the Seattle Kraken expansion draft. The exemption creates a significant opportunity for Vegas trades, including for one unhappy star center.
Detroit: And Detroit Hockey Now beat writer Bob Duff also pays tribute with a career retrospective on the former Penguin and Red Wing who earned the “super pest” moniker.