The Seattle Kraken are one of the feel good stories of the 2022-23 NHL season. After finishing 30th out of 32 teams in their expansion season, the Kraken are now now scrapping for first place in the Pacific Division this season. Based on winning percentage, the Kraken have the NHL’s eighth-best record this season.
Seattle Times writer Geoff Baker lays out the case for the Kraken being a buyer before this year’s March 3 NHL trade deadline. They own three second-round picks and $2.6 million in cap space.
The Kraken have been linked to the possibility of looking at puck-moving right-shot D man John Klingberg, but Baker writes that defensive depth might be their most pressing need. Could they be interested in defensive-minded Detroit defenseman Olli Maatta? How about a playoff-style forward in Tyler Bertuzzi or Adam Erne?
The Red Wings have a collection of players who will be UFAs next summer. Those are always prime rental possibilities. Is there any good fits for the Kraken?
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Foward Filip Zadina (broken leg) could be back in the Red Wings’ lineup this week. He hasn’t played since Nov. 5
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What the Red Wings could learn about rebuilding from the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.
Red Wings’ Next Game
The Red Wings (19-18-8) are home tonight to face the San Jose Sharks (14-25-9). The Red Wings are currently eight points out of a playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Sharks have only won four games since Dec. 17. They are 4-9-3 since then.
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Florida: George Richards writes that the Florida Panthers are not the master of the comeback this season. Florida Panthers.
Montreal: Here is why the Canadiens don’t grab players off the waiver wire. Montreal Canadiens.
New York: Stefan Rosner writes that the Islanders don’t have enough finishers to get the job done this season. New York Islanders.
Philadelphia: Presuming the Flyers aren’t going to be lucky enough to win the lottery, Sam Carchidi has some draft possibilities for Philadelphia. Philadelphia Flyers.
San Jose: Nikolai Knyzhov is taking another forward toward returning to the San Jose Sharks. He’s expected back in late January or early February. It’s been 20 months. San Jose Sharks.
Vegas: Every NHL dressing room, including the Golden Knights’ room, has stories about lost teeth. Vegas Golden Knights
Washington: Sammi Silber has an update on Alex Ovechkin’s injury and what’s up with T.J. Oshie. Washington Capitals.