The Kraken announced a sweeping round of cuts from their training camp roster Thursday, assigning four players directly to the AHL and placing 10 players on waivers with the purpose of assigning them to Coachella Valley.
The players that got assigned directly to Coachella Valley without needing to go through waivers are:
- Luke Henman
- Ville Petman
- Peetro Seppala
- Ales Stezka
The players that have been placed on waivers are:
- Connor Carrick
- Cameron Hughes
- Kole Lind
- Max McCormick
- Gustav Olofsson
- Andrew Poturalski
- Mitch Reinke
- Jimmy Schuldt
- Devin Shore
- Marian Studenic
We will know at 11AM Pacific on Friday if anybody from the above group gets claimed by another NHL team. The players to watch are most likely Lind and Shore.
Coming into training camp, we expected Lind would be pushing for a spot on the opening-night Kraken roster. But he just didn’t seem to have the jump and physicality of the players he was competing against, and he didn’t demand one of the precious few available forward spots in the way that Tye Kartye has, for example. This open-net miss on Casey DeSmith Wednesday summed up Lind’s camp.
We did think Shore, with his 422 games of NHL experience and effective play in preseason, would edge out Hayden to at least be considered as one of the last cuts. But Hayden had a good showing in Abbotsford against Vancouver Wednesday and demonstrated his toughness by squaring off with the much bigger Tyler Myers. That may have tipped the scales in Hayden’s favor.
More cuts to come
Backup goalie situation unresolved
This round of trimming puts Seattle’s roster at 27. The club needs to get down to 23 before opening night, so there are more moves to be made.
The goalie situation remains unresolved, though we have a feeling that determination has already happened. We know that at least the Tampa Bay Lightning (and perhaps other teams) are in need of goalie help with Andrei Vasilevskiy out long-term after undergoing back surgery. So, exposing one of Joey Daccord or Chris Driedger to waivers is likely just a waiting game, while Seattle hopes to see other teams’ situations get settled.
Though Driedger ($3.5 million salary cap hit) makes more money than Daccord ($1.2 million), the cap hits will be about the same for Seattle, regardless of who they send down to the AHL. The Kraken can only “bury” $1.15 million in Coachella Valley. Daccord’s cap hit is only $50K above that number. So, effectively, if you add the cap hits of Driedger and Daccord together, then subtract that $1.15 million, that is the cap hit Seattle will face, regardless of which goalie plays in the AHL.
If Driedger gets put on waivers and claimed by another team, then his full $3.5 million would come off the books, saving the Kraken an extra $2.35 million against the cap. If Daccord gets put on waivers and claimed, Seattle would only save $50K against the cap.
We do think Driedger’s higher cap hit will give teams more pause.
Bubble players still with the team
Players still with the Kraken include Ryker Evans, Tye Kartye, Shane Wright, Hayden, Cale Fleury, and Jaycob Megna.
Since there are four cuts left to come, and one of those will be a goalie, that means only three of the players listed above will make the team out of camp.
Here’s where things stand after this latest round of cuts:
Jared McCann / Matty Beniers / Jordan Eberle
Jaden Schwartz / Alex Wennberg / Andre Burakovsky
Oliver Bjorkstrand / Yanni Gourde / Eeli Tolvanen
Brandon Tanev / Pierre-Edouard Bellemare / Kailer Yamamoto
Vince Dunn / Adam Larsson
Jamie Oleksiak / Will Borgen
Brian Dumoulin / Justin Schultz
Vying for spots
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