The Kraken has been released – and it may already have its tentacles on bigger deals.
With Seattle’s expansion draft selections due Wednesday morning, the 32nd NHL franchise’s player choices have begun to leak ahead of the official roster announcement set for 8 pm on ESPN2. Word is the Kraken snatched Colin Blackwell from the Rangers, but the selection could swirl into a more significant move.
The Blueshirts are zeroing in on veteran defenseman Mark Giordano, who was exposed by the Flames and reportedly taken by the Kraken in the expansion draft. Seattle, The Post has learned, has interest in Rangers forward Ryan Strome and could be willing to retain a portion of Giordano’s salary to strike a deal.
Strome, whose production has increased over the last two seasons (108 points in 126 games) with help from playing next to star Artemi Panarin, could also be part of the Rangers’ package deal for disgruntled Sabres star Jack Eichel.
Seattle and Buffalo are just two of several teams believed to be in on Strome.
Despite rumblings of a larger deal in place, Seattle general manager Ron Francis opted to select Blackwell over Julien Gauthier, whom he drafted in Carolina. Blackwell made a name for himself in his first season with the Rangers in 2020-21, breaking out for 12 goals and 10 assists in 47 games. In addition to his contagious work ethic and attitude, Blackwell comes with a cheap $725,000 cap hit before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.