Greetings to all the Seattle Kraken fans across the world!
I am excited to be contributing to the Kraken Chronicle and would love to share my oh-so humble opinions, in-depth analysis, and well thought out critiques with my fellow Kraken fans.
Well, the trade deadline happened….so let’s talk about it.
Let me start first by saying, I want to thank every single member of the inaugural Seattle Kraken team for the blood and sweat they have spilled to keep us hockey fans coming back. This year was just as tough on the players as it was for us fans. Your efforts on the ice will not be forgotten.
Thank you for your service.
Alright! Let’s take a look at all the loot we acquired!
Mark Giordano – Let’s hear it for or our ex-fearless leader! May his tenure as captain be remembered with fondness and grace! The reality is that Giordano’s old enough to be my grandpa and should have stayed in Calgary so he could have a shot at the cup. All joking aside, he’s still defensively sound and a solid addition to any contender. He’s from Toronto anyway, I’m sure he’ll fit in just fine. Two second rounders’ and a third is a king’s ransom for him and Colin Blackwell. I’ll take that deal any day. Thank you for your service.
Verdict – Slam Dunk!
Jeremy Lauzon – I generally don’t like of giving up on a young blueliner this early in their career. Lauzon’s only 24 years old and is a smooth skater with great size. But, he seems to have plateaued offensively and he’s been weak at time is his own zone. That being said, a second round pick was an offer we couldn’t refuse. Good luck in Nashville Jeremy . Thank you for your service.
Verdict – Thumbs up!
Mason Appleton – Getting a fourth rounder for Appleton seems like a big win. His draft pedigree suggested, correctly, that he was going to be a rotational depth piece at best and he won’t be expensive to replace. Pack a jacket, its cold in Winnipeg. Thank you for your service.
Verdict – Touchdown!
Calle Jarnkrok – I absolutely loved this pick the second Marshawn Lynch announced Seattle would be choosing Calle Jarnkrok from the Nashville Predators during the expansion draft last summer. He’s been the model of consistency his entire career and has showed no signs of slowing down. He was even getting better. Earning a hefty pay raise in my opinion. One that Seattle could easily afford. We certainly got a decent haul for him. But he’s a right shooting center that’s very good at face-offs. Those don’t grow on trees. Not a great deal. Have fun playing with your cousin in Calgary Calle! Thank you for your service.
Verdict – Gutterball!
Victor Rask – This is a low risk/high reward kind of deal. Seattle essentially acquired Victor Rask for some hand towels and the team coffeemaker. His last few years in Minnesota have been disappointing to say the least. But Rask was getting better, year after year while in Carolina. Ron Francis was running the show in Carolina at that time. He’s running the show in Seattle now. This seems like a situation where a change of scenery could do Rask wonders. He’s succeeded in Francis’ system before, he could again. I sure hope he does….because that was nice coffee maker. Welcome Victor!
Verdict – PAR
Daniel Sprong – Marcus Johansson hasn’t been the same player since he left Washington and we sent him back to our nation’s capital. Daniel Sprong would have been more than enough compensation. We got a younger, more talented player AND they threw in a couple of draft picks. THANKS WASHINGTON! And thank you for your service.
Verdict – GRAND SLAM!
Seattle was obviously going to be very active during the trade deadline. I think we have set ourselves up for an exciting off season. Hang in there folks….I know this year’s been tough, but the future’s looking bright for us hockey fans in the Emerald City. GO KRAKEN!