The Seattle Kraken are trading Calle Jarnkrok to the Calgary Flames for a 2022 2nd round pick, a 2023 3rd round pick, and a 2024 7th. Jarnkrok has 26 points in 49 games this season with Seattle, after being picked by them in the expansion draft.
Seattle Trades Calle Jarnkrok to Calgary
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) March 17, 2022
This is Jarnkrok’s third team in two years, as he spent the majority of his NHL career with the Nashville Predators, before getting selected by the Kraken in the expansion draft, and his selection quickly became viral thanks to notable Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch.
Jarnkrok has routinely been a 25-35 point scorer throughout his NHL career and was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings 51st overall in 2010. He then spent parts of three years in the AHL after making the jump from Sweden. He played for Grand Rapids before being traded to Milwaukee during the 2013-2014 season.
Jarnkrok then spent parts of eight years with the Predators, being on the 2017 Predators team that made a run to the Stanley Cup Final.
What This Means
This deal makes sense for both sides. Calgary gets a quality player while giving up draft picks that are going to be lower in value. For Seattle, they get draft picks in exchange for a player who has added value because they are eating 50% of his remaining cap hit too.
This is Calgary’s second major trade in the past month. They also acquired Tyler Toffoli for multiple draft picks and assets. It is very clear that the Flames are gearing up for a run at the cup.
For Seattle, this trade also makes a lot of sense. They’re flipping assets that have any form of value in exchange for whatever draft picks they can get. This is a common strategy for teams that don’t have a good shot at playoffs this year. Seattle’s first season has been a disappointment, however, these assets will help to improve them moving forward.