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Kraken Go Full Fire Sale - Trades Aplenty

March 21, 2022, 11:28 AM ET [1 Comments]
Sean Maloughney
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I expected the Kraken to be sellers at the Trade Deadline obviously... what I didn't expect was how many names we would see turnover. Not that it should be surprising. Ron Francis is using this trade deadline to do what Seattle should have done leading up to the Expansion Draft; acquiring as many draft picks as possible. That is exactly what they have done in the past 48 hours and there is a chance they are not done yet. Let's take a look at all the trades.

Kraken Trade Mason Appleton to the Winnipeg Jets for a 2023 4th round pick: Not much to dissect here. Appleton struggled with injuries this season and never came close to producing at the same level that he did in Winnipeg last season. As a UFA this is a fair deal for both sides.

Kraken Trade Jeremy Lauzon to the Predators for a 2nd round pick in 2022: HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA

Kraken Trade Mark Giordano (retain 3.375 million) and Colin Blackwell to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a 2022 2nd, a 2023 2nd and a 2024 3rd round pick: The biggest deal the Kraken will likely make. It isn't surprising to know that Seattle was going to move their first ever captain in Mark Giordano. Gio was a UFA at the end of this season and in no way was he going to extend in Seattle. He will be missed in that room but ultimately this helps Seattle far better in the long term, especially with a 2nd round pick in what is expected to be a very deep 2023 Draft. Blackwell was another useful bottom six player but again as a pending UFA it's better to gain some asset for him.

Kraken Trade Jeremy Lauzon to the Predators for a 2nd round pick in 2022: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

Okay now that I'm done laughing... are you kidding me?!!! What were the Preds thinking? With all the names out there and the cost players are going for, how is Lauzon, who has been a healthy scratch multiple times in Seattle, be worth a second round pick? The only potential bonus here for Nashville is that organization seems to breed high end defenders so maybe the Kraken are getting fleeced here but I don't know this time.

Lauzon is 24, a left shot defender and a pending RFA. He has 1 goal and 6 points in 53 games this season. I would call this an absolute fleece by Francis right now.

Combine this with the prior move in trading Jarnkrok and the Seattle Kraken now have 32 draft picks over the next three seasons. In the 2022 Draft alone the Kraken will have 4 second round picks.

There are still a couple names that could be on the way out; Carson Soucy to Edmonton rumours have been out there for some time. Overall Ron Francis needed to maximize his assets as much as possible at this trade deadline and so far he has achieved that. The next step will be turning those draft picks into useful prospects or trade them for players that can help the team in the years to come.
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