4 Possible Trade Destinations for Kraken’s Giordano After Milestone Game

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On March 5th the Seattle Kraken celebrated captain Mark Giordano’s 1,000th game while his name has been floating around in trade rumors.

Mark Giordano played in his 1,000th NHL game but his team may be working on a trade to move the veteran defenceman.

Giordano leads all Kraken defenceman in assists with 17 as well as in points with 23. He’s spent time on both the top powerplay and penalty kill units but his crowning achievement this season has to be playing in his 1,000th game.

Over the past 16 seasons, Giordano has become a mainstay within the NHL and has managed to win awards while doing it. In the 2018-19 season Giordano won the Norris Trophy for the NHL’s top defenceman. Later in the 2019-20 season he won the Mark Messier Leadership Award for his leadership both on and off the ice. In his Norris winning season he also was named to the first All-Star Team as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

All that being said, Giordano is widely believed to be on the move. Emily Kaplan of ESPN is the latest writer to comment on the potential of a trade. In her article she states, “Giordano met with general manager Ron Francis last month, and it was determined the best course of action would be the Kraken recouping some value while allowing Giordano to chase a Stanley Cup this spring.”

Kaplan also brings up the fact that Giordano has a modified no trade clause which entitles him to a list of 10 teams he doesn’t want to go to.  In that same vein she mentions that Giordano hasn’t bothered to send a list in as he knows the team will do right by him. Giordano has just this year left on his contract at a $6.75 million cap hit, making him an ideal option for any contender looking for a shutdown defender.

So let’s get into some of the potential landing spots for the veteran defenceman.

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