Free Agency Tracker w/ Doug Mellon and Dan Morse

by Doug Mellon

This off-season has been one for the ages, yet we have one giant step remaining before we watch the Kraken take the ice against Veagas on October 12th.

Free agency.

The window kicks off on July 28th at noon eastern and will set the stage for the upcoming season.

Below both Dan Morse and Doug Mellon will be keep tabs on free agency moves that relate to the Kraken. In an attempt to limit the chaos, we will only be reporting news as done when they are announced by the team. However, we will make a note for acquisitions we believe are all but final.

With that said, let the chaos begin.

July 28th - 4:03 pm

The Kraken confirm that Vitek Vanecek has been traded back to the Washington Capitals.

July 28th - 3:53 pm

With Philipp Grubauer signing in Seattle, it seemed only a matter of time until expansion pick Vitek Vanacek was traded away. Kevin Weekes is now reporting that Vanacek is heading back to Washington for a future draft pick.

Frank Seravalli has reported that the draft pick will be a 2nd round selection.

July 28th - 11:18 am

The team has made it official: the top free agent goaltender will be heading to Seattle. Philipp Grubauer is your likely day one starter on October 12th.

July 28th - 11:03 am

Jaden Schwartz, the longest rumored name to be coming to Seattle, is now officially a Kraken.

July 28th - 11:01 am

It appears we can finally put the Phillip Danault to Seattle rumors to bed as he has reportedly signed with the LA Kings.

July 28th - 10:54 am

Elliote Friedman now reporting that Grubauer to Seattle is a done deal. Grubauer had a .922 save percentage last year and was one of three goaltenders to allow fewer than two goals per 60 minutes last season.

July 28th - 10:51 am

The Kraken have confirmed that Alex Wennberg has been signed to a 3-year, $4.5M AAV contract.

July 28th - 10:30 am

A bit of a surprise: Seattle has entered the Philipp Grubauer conversation.

There was plenty of talk around the Kraken’s lack of a veteran presence in net after the expansion draft, and the Vezina trophy finalist Grubauer would certainly fill that hole. Grubauer has been rumored to be looking for numbers in the $5M-$6M range, but no firm reports just yet.

July 28th - 8:55 am

Alex Wenneberg appears headed to the Kraken.

July 28th - 7:13

The Blackhawks failed to submit a qualifying offer which surprised a few as he was one of the Hawks best rookies last season. Suter finished the season with 14 goals and 13 assists in 55 games for Chicago – tied for second on the team with eleven five on five goals.

We don’t know more context here but it’s something to keep an eye on and felt it was worth sharing here.

Evolving hockey projects an AAV of $4,178,000.

July 28th - 5:26am

Sounding as if the Schwartz deal is between a 5 and 6m AAV.

July 28th - 1:05am

Elliotte Friedman of SN Canada has added the Seattle Kraken as a projected landing spot for Alexander Wennberg. Wennberg, most recently with the Florida Panthers, had 29 points in 56 games with Florida last season. He could be another top-six forward addition, and at just 26 years old he’s still got room to grow. No word on numbers for Wennberg yet but Evolving Hockey has his projected to make near the same as Jaden Schwartz, somewhere in the $5M AAV range.

In addition to Wennberg and Schwartz, Friedman has also reported that Seattle is in talks with the New York Rangers to acquire center Ryan Strome. Strome spent most of his time on the Rangers’ top line with star winger Artemi Panarin last season, and did well with the opportunity. He would likely become Seattle’s top-line center if a deal does get worked out.

July 27th - 11:48pm

Jaden Schwartz

Let’s get the obvious talking point out of the way first – winger Jaden Schwartz. It was initially reported last week by The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun that the Kraken front office had opened discussions with Schwartz heading into the expansion draft.

They ultimately selected defenceman Vince Dunn.

After speaking with Schwartz agent, Stephen Bartlett, his camp expects to circle back tomorrow after the window opens at noon eastern.

The Athletics Jeremy Rutherford reported earlier tonight that it’s essentially a done deal so, based on everything from today, tomorrow is simply a formality.

Schwartz will more than likely be a Seattle Kraken.

Phillip Danault

This is one I keep seeing passed around but simply don’t see happening, which means it likely will.

There appear to be conflicting reports concerning the Montreal Canadiens forward so all we can really go off is what we are hearing internally. We spoke to his camp during the expansion window and were told that an initial conversation took place but there was no follow-up from Seattle. If I had to take a guess with this one based off conversations I’ve had with others and reports that are being made, the price was too high.

Reports began surfacing that Vegas could be of interest but David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period doesn’t believe that to be the case.

I still don’t think this happens but who knows…

Gabriel Landeskog

Not happening as he is returning to Colorado.

Also, while we are here.. Zach Hyman doesn’t appear to be happening either. We were told by his reps that they did have a discussion during the expansion window but we have no context for how those went and it appears as if Edmonton is as close to a sure thing as it gets.

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