Puck Drop Preview: 2021-22 Seattle Kraken

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Welcome to Puck Drop Preview 2021-22, where Last Word on Hockey gives you a detailed look at each team from around the NHL leading to the start of this hockey season and offers our insight and analysis. Make sure to stick around until the end of the series, where we’ll offer our full predictions for the […] READ MORE


Early Takeaways for Seattle Kraken After Two Preseason Games

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Seattle. It’s been a long time coming. But we’re here, and the Seattle Kraken are playing real-life hockey games against real-life opponents. Sure, it’s only the preseason. But nonetheless, the league’s 32nd franchise…conceived just a couple of years ago, and born this summer at the expansion draft…is taking its first steps. And like any new […] READ MORE


Three NHL Players Who Will Shine on their New Teams

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The dust appears to have settled on what has been a pretty hectic NHL offseason. The flat salary cap and condensed offseason have made for some interesting moves across the league. Some teams have completely reinvented themselves through a series of moves. Others have looked to simply plug some holes in their lineups. This piece […] READ MORE



Seattle Kraken Contenders Immediately in Weak Pacific Division

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Despite having yet to play a single NHL game, people have high expectations for the Seattle Kraken. Never before in the league’s history have expectations been this way for a brand-new team. For the most part, new franchises experienced little to no success for at least their first few seasons. After all, they had very […] READ MORE



Colorado Avalanche Acquire Darcy Kuemper in Trade With Arizona Coyotes

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Earlier Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche learned that their 2020-21 starting goaltender Phillip Grubauer was signing with the Seattle Kraken. Needing a new starting goalie, the Avalanche acquired Darcy Kuemper in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes. In return, the Coyotes receive young defenceman Conor Timmins,  a 2022 first-round pick, and a conditional 2024 third-round pick. […] READ MORE


UFA Philipp Grubauer Signed By Seattle Kraken

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The Seattle Kraken signed free agent goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a six-year contract worth $35.4 million. The contract carries a salary-cap hit of $5.9 million. Grubauer to SEA 6x$5.9M — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 28, 2021 Philipp Grubauer Signed With the Kraken Over his nine-year NHL career, Grubauer suited up for both the Washington Capitals […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Acquire Kurtis MacDermid

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The Colorado Avalanche have acquired defender Kurtis MacDermid from the Seattle Kraken. MacDermid was recently an expansion draft pick, leaving the Los Angeles Kings. In exchange, the Kraken will receive a fourth-round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft. Kevin Weekes was first to report the move Tuesday afternoon. **Breaking News** @SeattleKraken trade D Man MacDermid […] READ MORE