With the Seattle expansion draft a little over a month away, there is plenty of wheeling and dealing taking place between NHL general managers to ensure unprotected players they want to keep aren't snagged by the Kraken. However, officially getting a deal in place appears to be coming with a high price tag.

"Hearing from team execs around the NHL that there's still some sticker shock to what Kraken GM Ron Francis wants in return on side deals for teams with protection issues who want some certainty now," said TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun.